NAB: Don't mess with free market retrans system

09/19/2013 | Roll Call (free content)

Broadcasters are pushing back against a House measure from Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to step in when retransmission-consent negotiations are at an impasse. "Nothing is more free market than retransmission consent," said NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton. "It simply says that somebody who takes somebody else's product and resells it for a profit has to negotiate carriage rights for that product."

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