FCC Seeks To Scrap Exclusive Cable Deals

Law360, New York (October 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is trying to cut soaring costs of cable television and break open competition in the industry with a new rule that would void thousands of contracts that entitle individual cable companies to exclusively provide service to apartment complexes.

FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin said exclusive contracts have been “one of the most significant barriers to competition,” according to The New York Times on Monday.

With cable costs increasing about 93% in the last decade, Martin told the newspaper in an interview...
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