FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is trying to use his bully pulpit to encourage Time Warner Cable and, presumably, the other parties to the L.A. Dodgers’ carriage impasse to strike a deal. We hope it goes no further. Wheeler has vowed to intervene if necessary to protect consumers, but he has also said he prefers a marketplace solution. So do we.
The precedent of the government stepping into the middle of negotiations at the behest of Congress—the move followed a letter from California congressional officials—is not one that any private party should welcome.
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