FCC Backs AT&T, Verizon Access To HD Sports Channels

Law360, New York (September 22, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that Madison Square Garden LP must stop withholding access to high-definition versions of its regional sports channels from Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., saying MSG's offer of only standard channels is anti-competitive.

AT&T and Verizon filed complaints with the FCC against MSG, which was then a wholly owned subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp., in 2009. MSG was spun off from Cablevision in February 2010, but both companies are still controlled by the Dolan family.

MSG's decision to not grant...
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