The author is a partner in the law firm of LeBoeu" Lamb, Leiby & MacRae, New York. He is a former executive vice president and general counsel of Warner Cable Communications Inc. and former general counsel and secretary of MTV Networks Inc. He specializes in representing cable television interests (operations and programming) in corporate and transactional matters. This article is adapted from the author's written comments recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission.
The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act 1992 was designed by Co ngress to reduce the "administrative burden" on all parties associated with the cable industry, including consumers, owners and the FCC. One way to accomplish this, says the author, w ould be to substitute arbitration or other forms of ADR for local administrative rate-setting mechanisms that often result in protracted and bitter disputes. The advantages of ADR-speedy, efficient resolution by a neutral party-would eliminate nearly all of the "politica l posturing" from what is "usually a highly charged, media-involved process."