Congress may need to intervene with retrans, FCC chairman says

03/13/2013 | Broadcasting & Cable

The timing may be right for the Federal Communications Commission to make changes to retransmission consent rules to prevent blackouts, but the agency probably doesn't have the authority to intervene without Congress changing the law, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. "Our authority under the existing statute is limited," Genachowski said during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. "This may be an area where we need to work with the committee."

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