Event – Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent

Event – Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent

January 21 Event Panelists Confirmed

January 12, 2011 – 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 in early 2011. 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? These questions will be explored at “Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent,” hosted by the Technology Policy Institute.

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. Speakers include:

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

Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

Retrans Redux: The Economics of Retransmission Consent,” will be held January 21, 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Room B369 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Registration can be performed at the TPI website and questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at https://techpolicyinstitute.org/

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