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FCC To Propose Ending Terrestrial Exemption

The FCC will circulate an order Wednesday proposing to end the terrestrial exemption, an FCC source confirms.

The FCC requires satellite-delivered programming owned by MSO's to be made available to competitors, but does not require the same access to terrestrially delivered programming per the so-called "terrestrial loophole."

Critics of the policy say it is a loophole that allows program distributors to withhold sports programming from competitors.

The FCC has been considering what to do, if anything, about the exemption for the past couple of years.