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The Economics of Retransmission Consent

Jeffrey A. Eisenach

American Enterprise Institute

March 31, 2009

Congress created retransmission consent in 1992 to ensure that broadcasters would be able to negotiate in a free marketplace for fair compensation for their programming. Examining retransmission consent from an economic perspective, this study demonstrates that retransmission consent achieves Congress’ intended purpose of establishing a market based mechanism to ensure that broadcasters receive an economically efficient level of compensation for the value of their signals. This compensation ultimately benefits consumers by enriching the quantity, diversity, and quality of available programming, including local broadcast signals.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: retransmission consent, broadcasting, intellectual property

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Date posted: June 28, 2009  

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Eisenach, Jeffrey A., The Economics of Retransmission Consent (March 31, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1424066 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1424066

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Jeffrey A. Eisenach (Contact Author)
American Enterprise Institute ( email )
1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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