FCC Urging Resolution to WFXT/FiOS Retrans Impasse

The Federal Communications Commission is on the same page as Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) when it comes to a Washington take on the retransmission consent impasse between Verizon FiOS and Cox's WFXT Boston: Get 'er done.

The station has been off Verizon's FiOs system there since the morning of Nov. 27, meaning some 400,000 subs could not access Turkey Day football on Fox, among other programming, at least not on FiOS.

Neil Grace, senior communications advisor at the FCC, was checking at press time on whether there had been any commission outreach to the parties, which has been the case in some other past disputes, but said in any event the commission is continuing to monitor the situation. But he did say that "we urge the respective parties involved to do what is in the best interest of consumers and viewers, and to reach a retransmission consent agreement as quickly as possible."

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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.