FCC orders station groups to negotiate with AT&T in DirecTV dispute

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday said it was directing nine broadcast station groups to return to the negotiating table over whether to allow local stations to air on AT&T Inc’s DirectTV after some consumers have been without access for five months. In June, AT&T filed a bad faith complaint against the nine individual station owners, which collectively pulled 20 stations in 20 cities from DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and/or U-verse. The nine station groups are either managed or controlled by Sinclair Broadcast Group , AT&T said. …read more

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