Charter Communications Statement Regarding FCC Retransmission Consent and Wi-Fi Orders
STAMFORD, Conn., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) today released the following statement in response to today's FCC Actions on Retransmission Consent and Wi-Fi.
"Charter applauds and thanks Chairman Wheeler and each of the Commissioners for adopting rules today that will greatly benefit consumers. First, by prohibiting collusive joint negotiation of retransmission consent agreements among top 4 stations in a market, the Commission has curtailed an abusive practice that harms consumers and unfairly drives up retransmission consent fees. The chief factor in rising cable rates for consumers is the increasing cost of programming and today's actions will help moderate those forces. We look forward to working with the Commission on additional pro-consumer retransmission consent reforms. Second, by facilitating the use of Wi-Fi in the U-NII-1 band, the Commission opens the door for exciting and innovative new products and technologies for consumers. The Commission's actions will enable consumers to access super-fast Wi-Fi technology and ease congestion in existing bands."
About Charter Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.