ACA: Require Transparency in Retrans Deals

The American Cable Association called on the FCC to impose transparency requirements to prevent TV station owners that coordinate their retransmission consent negotiations from keeping what the ACA calls "price-fixing schemes" a secret from the public and regulators charged with enforcing station ownership limits, retransmission consent rules, and antitrust statutes.

The ACA said the FCC should require broadcasters to place in their online public file any agreement that one station enters into with another separately owned TV station in the same market for ready inspection by the public, regulators and others.
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