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A little off. Provision of distant signals to unserved is ok. However, a waiver implies a served customer and in that instance would be prohibited unless the station in question gave permission. It would be pretty silly to require the permission of the local affiliate but not the actual broadcasting station.

James Long said:
There is a failure to understand on both sides of this issue.

Prior to Dec 2004 it was perfectly legal to provide WLS to anyone in the country outside of the Grade B coverage of all local ABCs. After Dec 2004 it was perfectly legal to provide WLS to anyone in the country outside of the Grade B coverage of all local ABCs and not in a market with an ABC local carried by that satellite provider. Not to mention it being perfectly legal to provide WLS to anyone who could get waivers from their local ABC stations.

WLS has absolutely no control over how their signal is transmitted as a distant. No permission is required for a satellite company to choose to reboadcast WLS or any other station's signal outside of it's own market as a distant. All the satellite company has to do is follow the law.

For WLS to call carriage that fell under 17 USC 119 illegal shows a total lack of understanding.
 

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James Long said:
Silly or not it is TRUE, Bob. One gets the waiver from the local station(s) who have the right to serve you, no permission at all is needed from the distant station that one gets to see. :)
See 47 USC 325(b) and note 47 USC 325(b)(2)(C)(ii).
 
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