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Appeal of TV market switch filed with FCC

CARNESVILLE – All the appeals and responses have been filed and now Franklin County television viewers must wait on a final decision by the Federal Communicatons Commission (FCC) on whether local satellite customers can get Atlanta television stations.

Four Carolina television stations – WYFF and WHNS in Greenville, S.C., WSPA in Spartanburg, S.C., and WLOS in Asheville, N.C. – filed a joint appeal Nov. 12 of an FCC ruling to allow Franklin County satellite customers to get Atlanta stations.

Franklin County Manager Elizabeth Thomas filed a response to that appeal Tuesday.

Thomas said that the decision is now in the FCC’s hands.

While there have been deadlines for the appeals and responses to the original ruling, there is “no statuatory time to review” the appeals for a final ruling, she said.

Thomas said she has contacted U.S. Rep. Doug Collins’ office to ask for pressure on the FCC to make a decision and guidance on how to “delicately push” the FCC.

The FCC originally ruled in September that Franklin County could switch to the Atlanta market.

The Carolina stations then asked for and received an extension of the deadline to appeal and then filed their appeal by the new deadline of Nov. 12.

The appeal says that the FCC put too much weight on the fact that Franklin County viewers do not receive in-state programming.

In her response, Thomas called the Carolina stations’ appeal “self-serving” and said the original decision followed FCC rules and precedent.

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