Time Warner Cable Fined $25,000 for Missing Children’s Programming Files
have fined Time Warner Cable $25,000 for insufficient record-keeping related to
children’s programming. The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice
of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order to Time Warner Cable for
“willful and repeated” violations of FCC public file rules. The action involves
the cable operator’s Kansas City franchise.
FCC field agents visited the Kansas City TWC office on July 18, 2011 and “requested to inspect documents required to be in the
public file,” the Order states. “After an hour of waiting and discussions with
eight Time Warner employees, the agents were provided the requested records.
The agents observed that the last entry for commercial records for children’s
programming was dated March 27, 2008… There was no evidence that the missing
records were ever compiled.”
The public inspection file was also missing proof of performance test data for
2008 and 2009. Proof of performance test records—basically, a signal leakage
log—must be kept for at least five years and made available for public
inspection upon request. Record pertaining to children’s programming must be
placed in the public inspection file within 10 days of the conclusion of a
Time Warner Cable has 30 days to pay the fine or respond in writing to seek a
reduction or cancellation.
Time Warner was among 11 cable and satellite providers cited for public
inspection file violations and listed in an FCC Enforcement Advisory issued
“Despite widespread compliance,” the Advisory said, “we found some
apparent violations of the public file requirements. Over one-third of the
public file inspections revealed either missing or late-filed children’s programming
and Dish, and Cox in Baton Rouge, La.; Comcast franchises in Elkridge, Md.,
and Mount Prospect, Ill.; Charter franchises in Athens, Ga., and Fort Worth
Texas; Verizon Florida LLC; Cebridge and CCO Socal were all issued Notices of
Violation for having incomplete children’s programming reports in their public
“We remind cable and satellite operators that these reports must be placed in
the public inspection file within 10 days of the end of each quarter,” the Advisory said.
~ Deborah D. McAdams