Representatives of most of Iowa's municipal cable TV companies learned more about the process from two national experts at the Fall Broadband Meeting on September 23rd at IAMU. Chris Cinnamon (above, left), principal at the telecommunications law firm Cinnamon Mueller, provided IAMU members with a brief history of retransmission consent, and told the group that rates charged by TV stations are expected to rise by 50% or more during the period beginning January 1, 2015.
Ross Lieberman (above, right) is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Cable Association (ACA). He informed members of the ACA's efforts in Washington, D.C. to change the retransmission consent rules to give small cable companies more flexibility in the negotiations so that they can try to control the fees paid to TV stations.
The next major IAMU broadband event will be the 2015 Broadband Conference on March 18 and 19, 2015 at the Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center in Des Moines.