DC Circ. Upholds FCC Cable Access Rules

Law360, New York (June 10, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the Federal Communications Commission's rules barring cable operators from blocking competitors' access to programming, including local sports, in the face of a challenge brought by Cablevision Systems Corp.

The appeals court affirmed most of the FCC's rules aimed at closing the so-called terrestrial loophole in the the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act, which allowed cable companies to decline to sell rivals access to programming not distributed by satellite.

Satellite programming providers and telephone companies that offer TV services,...
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