The American Cable Association ("ACA") hereby responds to the Media Bureau's Public Notice seeking suggestions for additional studies in the media ownership proceeding. As the Commission begins its comprehensive assessment of the efficacy of its
media ownership rules to achieve the core policy goals of competition, diversity and localism, it must take into account the impact of retransmission consent negotiations on local markets.
As part of its media ownership proceeding, ACA urges the Commission to study: (i) to what extent the level of competition in a broadcast television market is reduced when one broadcast station jointly negotiates retransmission consent on behalf of another station in the same market; (ii) the impact this reduced competition has on both the quality and quantity of local programming produced in the market; and (iii) the fees charged to cable and satellite TV operators to retransmit broadcast signals to consumers. In particular, the Commission must examine:
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