NCTA Loses Argument On ‘Zombie’ Must-Carry Rights

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Updated 10am, Dec. 21, from an original post Dec. 18, to reflect various corrections tied to approval dates associated with WBIN Inc., the FCC, and NCTA; and the Dec. 4 change of call letters of WUNI-66 from WUTF.



On May 8, William Binnie‘s WBIN Inc. agreed to a deal that hands one of the nation’s leading Hispanic media companies a channel-sharing agreement for WBIN-35 in Derry, N.H. —a UHF station that has relinquished its spectrum in the FCC’s Incentive Auction.

The deal was granted by the Commission on Dec. 15. However, on July 19 NCTA-The Internet & Television Association filed comments taking to task the transfer of must-carry rights from a station that’s disappearing to its channel-sharing partner before the CSA has started.

Media Bureau Video Division Chief Barbara Kreisman just ruled on the matter.

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