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Revised as of January 14, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 76.1513 Open video dispute resolution.
Link to an amendment published at 85 FR 81812 , Dec. 17, 2020.
(a) Complaints. Any party aggrieved by conduct that it believes
constitute a violation of the regulations set forth in this part or in
section 653 of the Communications Act (47 U.S.C. 573) may commence an
adjudicatory proceeding at the Commission to obtain enforcement of the
rules through the filing of a complaint. The Commission shall resolve
any such dispute within 180 days after the filing of a complaint. The
complaint shall be filed and responded to in accordance with the
procedures specified in § 76.7 of this part with the following additions
(b) Alternate dispute resolution. An open video system operator may not
provide in its carriage contracts with programming providers that any
dispute must be submitted to arbitration, mediation, or any other
alternative method for dispute resolution prior to submission of a
complaint to the Commission.
(c) Notice required prior to filing of complaint. Any aggrieved party
intending to file a complaint under this section must first notify the
potential defendant open video system operator that it intends to file
a complaint with the Commission based on actions alleged to violate one
or more of the provisions contained in this part or in Section 653 of
the Communications Act. The notice must be in writing and must be
sufficiently detailed so that its recipient(s) can determine the
specific nature of the potential complaint. The potential complainant
must allow a minimum of ten (10) days for the potential defendant(s) to
respond before filing a complaint with the Commission.
(d) Contents of complaint. In addition to the requirements of § 76.7 of
this part, an open video system complaint shall contain:
(1) The type of entity that describes complainant (e.g., individual,
private association, partnership, or corporation), the address and
telephone number of the complainant, and the address and telephone
number of each defendant;
(2) If discrimination in rates, terms, and conditions of carriage is
alleged, documentary evidence shall be submitted such as a preliminary
carriage rate estimate or a programming contract that demonstrates a
differential in price, terms or conditions between complainant and a
competing video programming provider or, if no programming contract or
preliminary carriage rate estimate is submitted with the complaint, an
affidavit signed by an officer of complainant alleging that a
differential in price, terms or conditions exists, a description of the
nature and extent (if known or reasonably estimated by the complainant)
of the differential, together with a statement that defendant refused
to provide any further specific comparative information;
Note to paragraph (d)(2): Upon request by a complainant, the
preliminary carriage rate estimate shall include a calculation of the
average of the carriage rates paid by the unaffiliated video
programming providers receiving carriage from the open video system
operator, including the information needed for any weighting of the
individual carriage rates that the operator has included in the average
(3) If a programming contract or a preliminary carriage rate estimate
is submitted with the complaint in support of the alleged violation,
specific references to the relevant provisions therein.
(4) The complaint must be accompanied by appropriate evidence
demonstrating that the required notification pursuant to paragraph (c)
of this section has been made.
(e) Answer. (1) Any open video system operator upon which a complaint
is served under this section shall answer within thirty (30) days of
service of the complaint, unless otherwise directed by the Commission.
(2) An answer to a discrimination complaint shall state the reasons for
any differential in prices, terms or conditions between the complainant
and its competitor, and shall specify the particular justification
relied upon in support of the differential. Any documents or contracts
submitted pursuant to this paragraph may be protected as proprietary
pursuant to § 76.9 of this part.
(f) Reply. Within twenty (20) days after service of an answer, the
complainant may file and serve a reply which shall be responsive to
matters contained in the answer and shall not contain new matters.
(g) Time limit on filing of complaints. Any complaint filed pursuant to
this subsection must be filed within one year of the date on which one
of the following events occurs
(1) The open video system operator enters into a contract with the
complainant that the complainant alleges to violate one or more of the
rules contained in this part; or
(2) The open video system operator offers to carry programming for the
complainant pursuant to terms that the complainant alleges to violate
one or more of the rules contained in this part, and such offer to
carry programming is unrelated to any existing contract between the
complainant and the open video system operator; or
(3) The complainant has notified an open video system operator that it
intends to file a complaint with the Commission based on a request for
such operator to carry the complainant's programming on its open video
system that has been denied or unacknowledged, allegedly in violation
of one or more of the rules contained in this part.
(h) Remedies for violations—(1) Remedies authorized. Upon completion of
such adjudicatory proceeding, the Commission shall order appropriate
remedies, including, if necessary, the requiring carriage, awarding
damages to any person denied carriage, or any combination of such
sanctions. Such order shall set forth a timetable for compliance, and
shall become effective upon release.
(2) Additional sanctions. The remedies provided in paragraph (h)(1) of
this section are in addition to and not in lieu of the sanctions
available under title V or any other provision of the Communications
[ 61 FR 28708 , June 5, 1996, as amended at 61 FR 43178 , Aug. 21, 1996;
62 FR 26239 , May 13, 1997; 64 FR 6575 , Feb. 10, 1999]
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Goto Year: 2020 |
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