Second, because government
laws created the problem,only the government – the FCC or Congress – can fix it. Wehave proposed a few modest changes to stop blackouts andprotect consumers.
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Here is why retransmission consent is broken:
FCC rules give local broadcasters a
on national network programming in local markets.
If a cable or satellite provider wants to carry that network programming, but thinks the local broadcaster’smonopoly price is too high, too bad – FCC rules
that provider from negotiating with
of the hundred orso other stations across the country that have the samenetwork content.
Government rules also require that our subscribers buy thebroadcast channels before they are allowed to buy any othercable service regardless of whether the consumer wants thatstation and regardless of the price charged by the broadcaster.