STATION ADVISORY

FCC Fines Cable Op $2.26M Over Retrans

We now know what the per-subscriber fee for cable systems lacking retransmission agreements with local broadcast stations is, and it isn’t “free.” FCC rules requires cable systems to have a written retransmission agreement in place before retransmitting the signal of a station that elected retransmission consent status. On Tuesday, the FCC upped the ante, proposing a fine of $2.25 million for TV Max Inc. and related parties for retransmitting six local TV stations to 245 multiple dwelling unit buildings in Houston without a retransmission agreement.