Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent

The recent Cablevision-Fox dispute illustrates the delicate nature of negotiations between video programmers and distributors. In reaction to the dispute, the Federal Communications Commission announced it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on retransmission early next year. Because negotiations between programmers and distributors take place in the shadow of FCC regulations, regulatory changes may have large effects on those negotiations. How will reformed retransmission regulations affect programming deliberations and deals?

This event will focus on the interactions between economics and regulation that affect negotiations between distributors and programmers, focusing in particular on the effects of policy and how regulations might be improved to lead to more efficient outcomes.

Questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

Jonathan Baker, Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission
Antoinette Bush, Partner, Communications Group, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Jeffrey Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal, Navigant Economics
Barbara Esbin, Senior Counsel, Cinnamon Mueller
Simon Wilkie, Executive Director, Center for Communication Law and Policy, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Scott Wallsten (moderator), Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

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