After Hiatus, FCC's Cable Ownership Cap Is Back

Law360, New York (June 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An ownership cap on U.S. cable operators became effective Monday, March 31, 2008. The cap limits the number of pay TV subscribers in the U.S. a cable operator may serve at 30% nationwide.

The Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”), by a 3-2 majority decision, has re-imposed the cap 15 years after it was first set in 1993. That original decision was struck down in 2001 by the U.S. Court of Appeals as inadequately reasoned.

The majority commissioners have stated that the cap is still needed today...
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