NTCA Applauds Proposed Update to Retransmission Consent Rules

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (August 12, 2015)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s blog post regarding a proposal to update the retransmission consent process:

“NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is pleased that Chairman Tom Wheeler is seeking to provide meaningful relief for video programming distributors and consumers with respect to outdated video policies that have tilted the playing field in favor of broadcasters during negotiations for content carriage. The ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ negotiation tactics that broadcasters engage in are particularly harmful to consumers of smaller providers and NTCA looks forward to continuing to work with the commission as much-needed rule changes are considered and implemented.” 

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