FCC exploring role in TV programming disputes

Dec 08, 2010 By JOELLE TESSLER , AP Technology Writer

(AP) -- Federal regulators will explore whether they can do more to protect consumers from losing their television signals because of disputes over the fees that subscription-video providers pay broadcasters for their programming.

Wednesday's announcement by the follows a high-profile spat between Cablevision Systems Corp. and .'s Fox network. That stand-off left 3 million Cablevision subscribers in the New York area without Fox programming for 15 days - including through two World Series games - after the broadcaster pulled its signal.

Although Cablevision had called on the FCC to step in, the agency remained on the sidelines. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has said the commission has very limited authority to get involved in what are essentially private business negotiations.

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Bob_B
5 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2010
The FCC has terminated communication services in favor of selling airwaves to corporations to make more money off the citizens it (FCC) is serving.

The FCC should be declared unfit to be a Federal Agency.
Justsayin
not rated yet Dec 12, 2010
"the commission has very limited authority to get involved in what are essentially private business negotiations" and they want more authority to protect the consumer...all in the name of the consumer! They want to pass more laws, increase regulation and their meddling so their power is bolstered. Get the government off our backs and let the free market work.
billvb
not rated yet Dec 14, 2010
A horse in a field is a beautiful thing. But without a saddle or the ability to be harnessed it has little use except to itself. We have had the free market working and it would seem it needs a new and improved harness!