Procedural Quirk Briefly Snags FCC's Cable Rate Approval

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 9:46 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission's procedures for voting on and approving new rules caused a hiccup Thursday when three of the five commissioners cast "concurring" rather than approving votes on a measure involving cable channel access rates, leading one Democrat to request a delay for legal review.

After some back and forth between the commissioners and the agency's general counsel, the measure — largely aimed at giving cable operators more flexibility in setting the rates they charge independent programmers to lease access to their channel lineups — was ultimately considered approved.

The aberration started when Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr joined the agency's...

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