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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
June 25, 2013
Janice Wise (202) 418-8165
FCC PROPOSES $2.25 MILLION FORFEITURE
AGAINST TV MAX, INC. FOR RETRANSMISSION CONSENT VIOLATIONS
Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a forfeiture of $2.25
million against a company that operates a cable system in Houston, Texas, for retransmitting the signals
of six television broadcast stations without their consent.
The Commission's Media Bureau launched an investigation of TV Max, Inc. (doing business as
"Wavevision"), and other related entities, based on complaints from four major television broadcasters
alleging that TV Max retransmitted their stations' signals without permission. The Commission found
TV Max's violations to be very serious, warranting a substantial penalty, given the longstanding
unauthorized carriage that continued even after the Bureau warned TV Max about its actions.
The Commission rejected TV Max's argument that it does not need broadcasters' consent to carry the
television signals because its action falls within a narrow exception in the Commission's rules, the so-
called "MATV exception." The exception provides that in limited circumstances cable operators do not
need broadcasters' consent to retransmit broadcast signals to building residents when the signals are
received by master antenna television ("MATV") facilities. The Commission found that, because TV
Max is providing broadcast signals received at its off-site cable headend, it must obtain consent to
retransmit the broadcast signals.
The full text of the Notice of Apparently Liability for Forfeiture is available at www.fcc.gov
Action by the Commission June 24, 2013, by Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order (FCC
13-86) Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai.
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