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AOL Time Warner fined

AOL Time Warner will pay a $72,000 fine for blocking ABC's signal on 96 of its cable systems during the May sweeps last year. The cable operator was in heated negotiations for a new carriage deal with ABC owner Walt Disney at the time, involving not only ABC but also several Disney-owned cable networks. The Federal Communications Commission says it has negotiated a consent decree with AOL Time Warner that includes the fine and will spare the cable operator from further liability for violating cable broadcast signal carriage rules. Shortly after Time Warner blocked ABC from its cable systems last year, it was forced to restore the network after an angry reaction from consumers as well as members of Congress such as Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La.

    AOL Time Warner will pay a $72,000 fine for blocking ABC's signal on 96 of its cable systems during the May sweeps last year. The cable operator was in heated negotiations for a new carriage deal with ABC owner Walt Disney at the time, involving not only ABC but also several Disney-owned cable networks. The Federal Communications Commission says it has negotiated a consent decree with AOL Time Warner that includes the fine and will spare the cable operator from further liability for violating cable broadcast signal carriage rules.

    Shortly after Time Warner blocked ABC from its cable systems last year, it was forced to restore the network after an angry reaction from consumers as well as members of Congress such as Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La.