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Retransmission Consent/Must Carry

Title 47 - Telecommunication

CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

PART 76--MULTICHANNEL VIDEO AND CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE

47 CFR 76.64

FCC Regulations and the PCO (SMATV) Responsibilities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted regulations, pursuant to Congressionally enacted statutes, that seek to protect the rights of commercial broadcast television stations.  These regulations impact all Multiple Video Program Distributors (MVPD), including PCOs/SMATVs, but to a lesser extent than they impact the franchised cable companies.  The basic question is, which MVPDs are allowed to or required to include channels in their channel line-up, and which channels and under what conditions are those channels available to the MVPDs?  These regulations are commonly known as Retransmission Consent and Must Carry Rules.

The following materials were submitted by IMCC Members to help explain the esoteric FCC regulations to alternative MVPD video providers such as PCOs and MDU owners.

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IMCC Members discuss how FCC regulations regarding Retransmission Consent and Must Carry pertain to and affect PCOs.