About UsIssuesAct NowGovernment AffairsEventsNewsroomlounge

ACA Commeds FCC Staff Ruling That Shentel Acted In Good Faith Allbritton

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement July 6 in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau ruling that Shenandoah Cable Television Company (Shentel) negotiated retransmission consent in good faith with TV station WJLA, an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., owned by Allbritton Communications.

"ACA commends the FCC's Media Bureau for rejecting Allbritton's frivolous claims of bad faith directed at rural cable operator Shentel, which had made clear all along that its priority was to shield its customers from paying the 500% retransmission consent fee increase sought by WJLA.

"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.' "

Contact Us

Please use the information below to get in touch with the American Cable Association.

  • American Cable Association
    One Parkway Center
    Suite 212
    Pittsburgh, PA 15220
  • phone:412-922-8300
    fax:412-922-2110
    contact us
Connect Hometown America
Join the Campaign

Enter your email address and zip code below to begin the process of creating an account on the ACA website.