Cablevision, FCC Square Off Over Service Withholding

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EST) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. sought to persuade the D.C. Circuit on Monday that a section of the Federal Communications Act barring withholding of video programming by a service provider only applies to satellite transmissions, not terrestrial ones.

The section at issue “bristles with the term 'satellite,'” Cablevision attorney Henk Brands told the three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Despite agency precedent to the contrary, the Federal Communications Commission issued rules under which program access obligations extend to video programming services that...
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