This week’s FCC ruling that municipalities can no longer regulate the rates of local cable systems could have harmful consequences for broadcasters. It seems that under a certain interpretation, systems would be able to move broadcast channels out of basic cable tiers that have the nice attribute of reaching 100% of subscribers, a potent weapon come retrans negotiating time. And that wasn’t the first piece of broadcasters’ retrans clout that the Wheeler FCC whittled away. What’s next?
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