FCC may soon limit TV stations banding on ad sales

At the end of the month the FCC will vote on new rules to prohibit broadcast companies from controlling more than two TV stations in a market

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising while sharing services.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing brand new rules that would count a broadcaster as having an ownership interest in any station where the owner sells 15 percent or more of advertising time. Another rule would also ban two or more broadcasters that compete against each other in the same market from banding together negotiating retransmission agreements with cable and satellite companies.

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Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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