Broadcasters and Market Power: Are Consumers Being Harmed?

Fox TV’s decision to blackout its programming from some Cablevision subscribers is affecting consumers in parts of New York, Philadelphia and nearby areas.  While the latest blackout stems from a breakdown in broadcast retransmission negotiations and the refusal of broadcasters use arbitration, the real losers here are consumers.  In 1992, lawmakers passed legislation designed to protect broadcasters against what […]