FCC To Propose Ending Terrestrial Exemption: Source

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The Federal Communications Commission will circulate an order Wednesday proposing to end the terrestrial exemption, an FCC source confirms.

The agency requires satellite-delivered programming owned by MSOs to be made available to competitors, but does not require the same access to terrestrially delivered programming per the so-called "terrestrial loophole."

Critics of the policy say it is a loophole that allows program distributors to withhold sports programming from competitors.

The FCC has been considering what to do, if anything, about the exemption over the past couple of years.

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