FCC Closes Sports Loophole To Foster TV Competition

Law360, New York (January 20, 2010, 7:49 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission has opened up competition in the cable programming market by closing the so-called terrestrial loophole that has long allowed cable operators to withhold sports broadcasts from rival providers.

At a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the FCC issued an order granting the commission the authority to take action against cable operators that “significantly hinder” their competitors’ ability to get access to sportscasts or other terrestrially delivered cable-affiliated programming.

By delivering programming over land-based rather than satellite connections, cable companies were often...
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