NEW RULES: The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules that aim to make it easier for independent television programmers to get their channels carried in cable system lineups and prevent cable companies from discriminating against independent channels that may compete with their own networks.
THE GOAL: The new rules are intended to give cable viewers more channel choices and give independent programmers more leverage in negotiations with cable companies.
EXISTING RULES: The FCC's existing program carriage rules, which are rooted in a 1992 cable law, prohibit cable operators from discriminating against unaffiliated channels by refusing to carry them or placing them in premium tiers with fewer subscribers.
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