FCC to allow satellite viewers in Franklin to pick up Atlanta

CARNESVILLE – Franklin County satellite television viewers may soon be able to watch Atlanta television stations following a ruling Monday by the Federal Communications Commission.

“With respect to each of the stations, we are persuaded by the overall strength of the evidence that a sufficient market nexus exists between the station and Franklin County,” the ruling reads. “As the foregoing analysis indicates, this is a close case. In such circumstances, we believe that the outcome that best serves the intent of Congress in enacting Section 338(l) is to provide the petitioning orphan county with the access to in-state programming it is requesting. We accordingly grant the requests for market modification, and order the addition of Franklin County to the local markets of WSB-TV, WAGA, WXIA and WGCL on both DISH and DIRECTV.”

Franklin County commissioners filed four separate petitions in April – one for each station in the television market – with the FCC asking that Franklin County satellite subscribers be allowed access to the Atlanta television market.

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