FCC Proposes Rebates for Consumers Experiencing TV Blackouts

The commission requests public input on the proposal to compensate for service disruptions.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a proposal that would mandate rebates for consumers experiencing programming blackouts on cable or satellite television subscriptions. The proposal addresses the growing issue of programming blackouts, in which cable operators and satellite providers fail to reach retransmission consent agreements with local broadcast stations, leading to subscribers losing access to anticipated programming.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking invites public comments on the possibility of requiring cable and satellite providers to issue rebates to subscribers during blackout events.

“When viewers lose the ability to watch the local news, their favorite show or sports team on their cable or satellite service because of a retransmission blackout, they are not getting what they paid for. And that’s not right,” said Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. “That’s why we’re starting a conversation about the best way to ensure that when viewers turn on that screen, they get what they pay for.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the commission as they field public input on the proposal to require service providers to reimburse viewers for blackouts.
  • For Chair Rosenworcel to receive God’s direction as she heads the FCC.

Sources: Federal Communications Commission

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