ACA files ex parte on coordinated retrans consent deals


ACA / American Cable AssociationThe American Cable Association has told the FCC in an ex parte filing that it should declare coordinated retrans consent deals attributable under ownership rules. ACA suggests a station should not coordinate retrans negotiations for another station unless it could also own that station. ACA mentioned DOJ’s Antitrust Division’s own ex parte filing at the FCC last week, urging the agency to crack down on joint sales agreements (JSAs), shared services agreements (SSAs), and local news service (LNS) agreements that local TV stations use to share costs. The division warned that those arrangements are undermining the FCC’s media-ownership restrictions, which are “intended to promote diverse views in the media.”

Here’s the filing:

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