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ComCorp files complaint back at Baja Broadband

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 7:25am
Mike Robuck

Communications Corp. of America (ComCorp) – which is the owner of El Paso, Texas-based KTSM-TV – filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over a retransmission agreement complaint (available here) that was first filed by Baja Broadband (story here).

According to ComCorp’s filing, the Baja complaint to the FCC was “a specious and sham pleading, and Baja’s tactics continue to demonstrate that Baja had no American Cable Association (ACA)interested in reaching a retransmission agreement, but rather in filing a baseless FCC complaint as a stalking horse for a broader political agenda.”

While Baja Broadband said in its complaint that ComCorp failed to negotiate in good faith, ComCorp’s filing said it “never refused to negotiate with Baja – indeed, ComCorp was the only party who attempted to hold discussions – and it was Baja that steadfastly refused to engage in negotiations.”

ComCorp also said that Baja was working with the American Cable Association (ACA) as part of a conspiracy that seeks to gain media attention and political advantage during the retransmission period agreement. ComCorp said Baja and the ACA were represented by the same law firm.

In a separate filing, ComCorp said Baja has continued to carry a station in Albuquerque without its consent. It’s expected that an FCC judge will decide on the various complaints between ComCorp and Baja Broadband.

A phone call to ACA seeking its comment on ComCorp’s filing was not returned before deadline this morning.

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