FCC Trying to End CBS-Time Warner Cable Standoff

But its influence is limited to pressuring the antagonists

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The Federal Communications Commission is trying to use its powers of persuasion to end the standoff between CBS and Time Warner Cable.

With the standoff now in its 26th day (retrans reform advocates are keeping count), failed negotiations between CBS and Time Warner Cable have left more than 3 million cable subscribers without CBS stations in markets such as New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. The blackout is turning out to be among the longest in the history of retrans feuds.

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