"Although Allbritton's effort to gouge Shentel customers was unsuccessful, ACA Members around the country know very well that many broadcasters are relying on anticompetitive tactics to boost retransmission consent revenue, especially the well-documented practice of coordinated retransmission consent negotiating by separately owned TV stations serving the same local market.
"The absolutely wrong lesson to draw from Allbritton's failed regulatory gambit at the FCC is that the 20-year-old retransmission consent regime is serving the public interest. On the contrary, retransmission consent is inspiring TV stations to collude at the bargaining table and rely on strategically timed blackouts to pressure pay-TV providers into paying far more than they should to allow their customers to access ‘free TV.' "
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