FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces NPRM on Cable & Satellite TV Blackouts
Proposals Would Seek Comment on Rebates for Consumers and Commission Notifications of Blackouts
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2023—Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced two proposals that would further the FCC’s strategic goal to empower consumers in the media marketplace. The Chairwoman shared two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking with her fellow Commissioners that would, if adopted by a vote of the full Commission, seek comment on rebates for consumers and requiring notifications to the Commission of blackouts lasting more than 24 hours.
“Enough with the blackouts,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “When consumers with traditional cable and satellite service turn on the screen, they should get what they pay for. It’s not right when big companies battle it out and leave viewers without the ability to watch the local news, their favorite show, or the big game. If the screen stays dark, they deserve a refund.”