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Leased Access Rates Cut

[Editor’s Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, D.C. (rprimosch at wbklaw dot com)] Last week the FCC released new rules cutting the rates independent programmers must pay to lease channels on cable systems.  Under federal law, cable systems must set aside up to 15% of […]

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Program Tying

[Editor’s Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, D.C. (rprimosch at wbklaw dot com): The FCC is considering whether to prevent local television stations from requiring cable operators to carry extra programming services as a quid pro quo for giving retransmission consent.  Likewise, the FCC also […]

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Cable Requirements to Carry DTV Signals

[Editor’s Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, D.C. (rprimosch at wbklaw dot com): I have heard that there may be some confusion over the FCC’s new viewability requirements for cable systems that carry DTV signals.  This has nothing to do with multicast must-carry, which remains […]

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MDU Exclusivity

[Editor’s Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, D.C. (rprimosch at wbklaw dot com)] The FCC recently voided all exclusivity clauses in service contracts between cable systems and owners of MDUs (the cable industry has already filed an appeal and asked for a stay of the […]