03.19.2010 01:00 PM
FCC Seeks Feedback on Retransmission Consent Rules
WASHINGTON: This just in from the FCC: “Fourteen entities filed a petition
for rulemaking on March 9, 2010... requesting that the commission amend and supplement its retransmission
consent rules. The petition argues that the commission’s current retransmission
consent rules do not account for changes in the video programming distribution
market, and it proposes reforms including dispute resolution mechanisms and
mandatory interim carriage. We seek comment on this petition.”
Comments are due April 19. Replies are due May 4.
It will be a “permit but disclose” proceeding with regard to ex parte rules,
and given the 14 petitioners, the FCC waives the requirements to send hard
copies of comments to all.
Filings must reference MB Docket No. 10-71 and can be made via the commission’s
Electronic Comment Filing System
(ECFS), the federal government’s eRulemaking
portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. Comments e-mailed to the commission
that do not adhere to the ECFS form will not be considered part of the record.
This comprises inclusion of the filer’s full name, mailing address, docket
number MB No. 10-71. E-mail filing instructions are available at firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase
“get form” in the body of the message. A sample form and instructions will be
sent in response.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of
each filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial
overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight mail, which might be delayed.
All filings must be addressed to the Commission Secretary Marlene H. Dortch,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW
Washington, DC 20554
All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any
envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. The
filing hours are 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Commercial overnight mail--other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and
Priority Mail--must be sent to
9300 East Hampton Dr.
Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
One copy of each filing must be sent to
Media Bureau, Room 4-A734
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554