Media Consolidation

Concentration of ownership and control of media distribution channels seriously affects IFTA Members' ability to reach the marketplace. IFTA favors regulatory intervention when necessary to ensure that there is open and fair access for independent product.

August 25, 2014
Stating that the acquisition would threaten serious harm to independent producers in an already highly-consolidated video marketplace.  A combined Comcast-TWC would be the single largest MVPD and broadband provider in the nation, giving Comcast extraordinary leverage and control over the sources and selection of video programming (and the terms and conditions on which that programming is acquired) and the ability to limit the public’s access to diverse and independent programming. 
IFTA reiterates the current lack of strong Net Neutrality/Open Access regulations that would ensure broadband providers, such as Comcast, do not block or discriminate against competing applications, services and content on its broadband networks.  In order to protect the public interest in diverse programming and to prevent further media consolidation, IFTA urges the Commission to deny Comcast’s Applications.

August 17, 2010
IFTA worries that the volume of independent programming available to the public "has dropped precipitously."

March 8, 2010
IFTA’s comments urge the FCC to examine factors that threaten Americans’ access to diverse sources of news, information and programming.
December 15, 2008
IFTA letter urging any appointees for FCC chairman and commissioner to support principles of openness and diversity in the media.
July 21, 2008
IFTA asks the FCC to deny the MPAA’s request for a permanent waiver on the current prohibition on the use of Selectable Output Controls (SOC) because it would reduce public access to a more diverse set of programming.
A study by Mark Cooper, PhD. and Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America, documenting the decline of independently supplied programming to the US television and cable networks since regulatory changes adopted by the FCC in the mid-1990s. Filed as Appendix A to IFTA Comments.
October 23, 2006
IFTA requests the Commission to adopt rules limiting the amount of programming that US major networks, MSOs and cable companies may obtain from entities owned or affiliated with any of such companies.
May 12, 2003
AFMA, now IFTA, requests the Commission to consider the ongoing impact of media consolidation on independent program supply to the US media.