It looks like some cable operators have their own unique way to create a retransmission negotiation quiet period – simply refuse to talk, while making frivolous FCC filings to stall for time. A station in El Paso has reported running into this roadblock, and it has now been joined by stations in Baton Rouge and Duluth MN-Superior WI.
RBR/TVBR observation: NAB has offered a month of quiet – two weeks prior two and after 2/17/09, otherwise known as DTV day. The American Cable Association wants six months. Now it appears that certain cable operators and consultants are buying quiet time by using FCC procedure as a stalling tactic. We expect sooner or later this pushing and shoving is going to result in overt government intervention.