The cable industry continues to spread "inaccurate claims" about the effect of joint retransmission-consent negotiations, despite lacking "empirical evidence and theoretical rigor," NAB said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. Cable providers have been increasing fees above the rate of inflation for years, even before broadcasters gained retransmission compensation rights, NAB added: "[I]t is absurd and cynical for cable providers to pose as protectors of consumer welfare."

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