The American Cable Association in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urged it to ban blackouts in retrans disputes, but broadcasters object, saying the FCC lacks the authority and that such a move is unnecessary. "There is tremendous incentive for both broadcasters and pay TV providers to reach retransmission-consent agreements," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. "It is our hope that the FCC resists this cynical campaign to deny local broadcasters fair market value for our most-watched programming."

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