Why Carriage Complaint Process is Broken
The FCC is soon expected to approve the Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
Charter said in May that it would buy Time Warner Cable in a $56 billion cash-and-stock deal that would make it the No. 2 U.S. Internet and cable company after Comcast Corp.
While such a transaction has a 180-day shot clock for the FCC to consider the deal, there is no such time limit to decide simple carriage access complaints, according to one family-owned independent national television programmer.