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American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka Responds To Fox-Cablevision Agreement

PITTSBURGH, October 31, 2010 - "Fox demonstrated that federal retransmission consent rules encourage broadcasters to harm consumers by adopting a ‘blackmail or blackout' strategy intended to wrest excessive cash compensation from local cable operators. ACA commends Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), among others, for recognizing that Fox's 15-day blackout of 3 million Cablevision customers in the New York City market was the last straw and that Congress must step in to prevent bad actors like Fox from making a mockery of its legal obligation to negotiate in good faith. True retransmission consent reform won't be achieved, however, unless TV stations are prevented from charging discriminatory fees to small cable operators and forming real and virtual station duopolies designed to gain even more price-gouging leverage over ACA members."

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