FCC Unveils Controversial Cable Rules

Law360 (March 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Advancing its fight against rising cable prices, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday published new rules designed to encourage competition in local cable markets by relaxing laws for cable franchise acquisitions.

The FCC’s order, first introduced in December, would amend the federal Communications Act of 1934 by removing barriers for new cable franchises. The provisions include putting a limit on the time local regulators can spend reviewing franchise negotiations and putting a cap on franchise fees.

“I am pleased that the steps taken by the Commission...
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