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Charter/TWC FCC Shot Clock Still Not Started

An FCC spokesperson confirmed that as of Thursday midday the FCC had still not released its protective orders for how sensitive information would be treated and shared with third parties in the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger review (and other reviews going forward).

The item was voted last week, but the FCC was incorporating the dissents by Republican commissioners before releasing the orders.

Industry players are eager to see just how the FCC has structured the orders and access by third parties to sensitive program carriage agreements and their work product, though the Republicans have already signaled they think the FCC should have separated out the general  framework guidance going forward from the specific Charter/TWC orders. That guidance was in response to a court order to better justify why it thought sharing data with hundreds of third parties was necessary.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said the comment cycle and informal 180-day shot clock on the Charter/TWC deal won't start until the orders are released.