Cable Ops Push Centralized Retrans Election

Execs from Comcast, Charter and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association met with the Media Bureau Chief Michell Carey and other FCC staffers last week to talk up their proposal for centralized retrans elections.

That is according to an FCC submission outlining the meeting.

The FCC, in one of its moves to ease regulatory paperwork and save some trees, has proposed to allow more electronic delivery of information, like subscriber notices and retrans/must carry elections, rather than the current certified mail requirement for retrans elections.

Broadcasters have pitched the FCC on allowing them to post retransmission consent elections in their individual online public files, which presumably means MVPDs would have to look for them there, creating a "massive" new burden at odds with the FCC deregulatory efforts.

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The execs told the FCC that would mean they would have to "sift and re-sift" hundreds of files to find out what their must-carry or retrans obligations were.

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Instead, they said, the FCC should allow an MVPD to create a single e-mail address as a single point of contact for all the stations carried on all their systems.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.