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ACA President & CEO Matthew M. Polka Comments On NAB’s Retransmission Consent Letter To The FCC
"The notion that retransmission consent negotiations take place in a free market is a figment of NAB's fertile imagination," American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka says.
"NAB's letter extolling the free market should be translated to say that broadcasters believe that bargaining in good faith means they have every right to orchestrate a ‘blackmail or blackout' retransmission consent strategy across the country with impunity, especially against independent cable operators who are routinely forced to pay discriminatory fees that distort competition among local pay-TV providers.
"With nearly 900 independent cable operators renegotiating carriage deals with hundreds of broadcasters between October 1 and December 31, 2011, the FCC should use the retransmission consent rulemaking that has been open since March as a first step to correct a seriously flawed system that allows TV stations to line their pockets at the expense of taxpayers who have richly rewarded station owners with use of free spectrum. It's not too late to act."
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