Every three years, FPB Cable enters retransmission consent negotiations with the Lexington and Louisville broadcast affiliates. Due to the rapidly increasing fees these stations are requesting, FPB believes consideration should be given to the possibility of not renewing agreements with each of these affiliates.
Because this decision will have an impact on every FPB Cable customer, FPB believes it necessary to get the opinion of our subscribers. To that end, FPB has contracted with Comer Research Consultants to perform a telephone survey. Between November 10 and November 21, customers may receive a phone call asking for their preference on local broadcast affiliates and the associated fees. FPB urges customers to share their opinion so FPB can make decisions which accurately represent our customers’ wishes.
Retransmission consent is a provision of the 1992 United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act that requires cable operators, such as FPB, to obtain permission from broadcasters before carrying their programming.
A broadcast station (such as ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox) may propose that the cable operator, such as FPB, pay cash to carry the station or ask for any other form of consideration, such as an additional channel for supplementary programs. The cable operator may also refuse the broadcaster's proposal, in which case the station may refuse to allow the cable operator to retransmit its signal.
FPB carries and negotiates with four Lexington networks and three in Louisville.