BREAKING NEWS…Stephens-Franklin-Hart Win Appeal for Atlanta TV

Stephens, Franklin, and Hart Counties have won on appeal FCC permission for Atlanta TV channels to replace Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville stations on Dish and AT&T Direct TV.

In November, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners signed a joint letter to the FCC asking them to make a quick ruling on the Greenville/Asheville appeal, which was submitted to the Commission in 2018.

Franklin County Manager Beth Thomas has been spearheading the effort on behalf of the counties for the past several years.
Thomas told the Board of Commissioners at their work session in November that the counties had been approved to be moved to the metro Atlanta TV market, but the FCC’S delay in making a ruling on the Carolina TV market appeal is holding that market modification up.

Today, the Commission ruled in a Memorandum Opinion and Order that the South Carolina applicants “have failed to demonstrate that they are aggrieved by the Bureau order” holding up the decision to give Stephens, Franklin, and Hart County service subscribers Atlanta based TV Stations.

The three county commissions received support from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Ninth District Rep. Doug Collins.