The FCC Modernizes Cable Must Carry/Retransmission Consent Notification Requirements

Last week the Federal Communications Commission voted to update its carriage election notice rules.   The current rules require that stations send a paper notice via certified mail to MVPDs, including each individual cable system, every three years, regardless of whether its carriage election changes.

Under the new rules adopted last week, broadcasters need only send carriage election notices to multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) when first electing carriage or changing their carriage election status from must carry to retransmission consent or vice versa.  These notices will be sent by email and will be posted in a broadcaster’s online public inspection file (OPIF).

The Commission also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, asking whether and how the modernized framework described in this Order should be extended to certain broadcasters and MVPDs that do not use the Commission databases referenced in this Order.

For additional information on the FCC’s decision click HERE.


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