Court Upholds Law Governing Tied Votes At FCC

Law360, New York (December 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- An appeals court shot down on Friday the first legal challenge to a statutory provision that let a deadlocked Federal Communications Commission hand Verizon Communications Inc.'s broadband business forbearance from antitrust regulations.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit did so by denying Sprint Nextel Corp.'s petition for a review of Verizon's bid for regulatory exemption, which was “deemed granted” on March 19, 2006, in accordance with Section 160(c) of the Communications Act.

That section provides that if the FCC has neither...
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