Speaking to a gathering of small cable operators, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) discounted the FCC's push to reform rules governing pay-TV set-tops.
The American Cable Association lashed out at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's announcement Thursday that his agency will not change rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations.
Representatives from Dish Network, Mediacom and the ACA met recently with FCC officials to discuss amendments to the commission's rules on retransmission consent. At the meeting, representatives specifically pointed out that the D.C. District Court's recent decision to uphold the Open Internet Order supports the idea that the Administrative Procedure Act's notice requirements should not impede the FCC's authority to order interim carriage.
As the debate rages on over FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to "unlock the box" and open up linear TV services on third-party devices, the ACA is now saying that the proposal could potentially hurt smaller MSOs' ability to borrow from banks.
Continuing to make the case that the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal will do great harm to smaller MSOs, the American Cable Association met with FCC Media Bureau officials this week, while Republican and Democratic lawmakers made statements on the House floor.
The ACA and NTCA have filed petitions for reconsideration to the FCC, second-guessing the agency's decision to require Charter Communications to overbuild its broadband footprint in rural markets as a condition of the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network takeovers.
Cable lobbying groups the NCTA and ACA have both petitioned the FCC, asking the agency not to burden cable systems with the new ATSC 3.0 technology standard being adopted by the broadcast industry.
A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators has written FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, warning him that his "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal could harm smaller cable operators.
In comments filed to the FCC, AT&T said the agency's proposed set-top regulations "bears no relationship" to mandates established by Section 629 of the Communications Act and is essentially a "radical unbundling scheme."
Dish Network and the American Cable Association (ACA) filed further comments to the FCC, asking the agency to block Nextstar Broadcasting Group's $4.6 billion takeover of rival Media General.