FCC chief pledges to hear out small cable operators' retrans concerns

03/15/2012 | Broadcasting & Cable

The Federal Communications Commission is willing to have a discussion about setting up safeguards for smaller cable operators to ensure their interests are represented in retransmission consent talks with bigger station groups and networks, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said at the American Cable Association's annual summit. Although cablers received praise from Genachowski for not allowing retrans disputes to lead to blackouts, several said they felt they had to go along with broadcasters' demands. "[T]he reason we didn't drop anything is we had no choice. In my company, we don't do things to our customer," said Steve Friedman, a former ACA chairman and chief operating officer of Wave Broadband.

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