Cable Association Alerts FCC After Viacom Blocks Access to Its Own Websites

Originally posted on Variety:

The American Cable Assn., which represents small- and medium-sized cable and Internet providers, says that Viacom is retaliating against some of its members who refuse to pay “exorbitant fee increases” for low-rated channels by blocking access to Viacom websites.

The president of the association, Matthew Polka, says that such blocking should be addressed by the FCC as it draws up a new set of net neutrality rules. Those rules have been aimed at Internet providers, but Polka says that recent disputes show that such open Internet provisions are also needed to cover content companies’ own websites.

Polka had a teleconference on Monday with Gigi Sohn, special counsel for external affairs for FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, to talk about the issue.

The ACA said that broadband subscribers of two of its members, Cable ONE and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, were being denied access to Viacom websites in “retaliatory efforts” because…

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