ACA to FCC: Shine a Light on Retrans Deals

In comments filed with the FCC, the American Cable Association said it supports public disclosure of any agreement, including Shared Services Agreements (SSAs), that would allow separately owned TV stations in the same local market to coordinate their retransmission consent negotiations with pay TV providers.

"ACA urges prompt action by the FCC because full disclosure of agreements that facilitate coordinated retransmission consent negotiations will serve the public interest by enabling regulatory and antitrust authorities to monitor the competitive effects of such agreements and detect violations of current FCC regulations and federal antitrust statutes," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said in a statement. "In this case, sunlight is truly the best disinfectant."
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