Cablevision COO Urges Retrans Reform

In an appearance before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Tom Rutledge, COO of Cablevision, supported reform of the nation's retransmission consent laws and urged the FCC to exercise its statutory authority to protect consumers f...

In an appearance before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Tom Rutledge, COO of Cablevision, supported reform of the nation's retransmission consent laws and urged the FCC to exercise its statutory authority to protect consumers from programming blackouts.

Rutledge took broadcasters and the FCC to task over the recent Fox blackouts, and also proposed some changes, saying in part: "First, forbid tying — limit retransmission consent agreements to the carriage of broadcast channels so that the actual cost of the broadcast station is clear. Second, require transparency — there is no reason why the cost of carrying broadcast networks needs to be secret. Retransmission fees should be public. And third, forbid discrimination — broadcasters may set the price of carriage, but they should not discriminate among cable and satellite providers."
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