FCC's Wider 'MVPD' Rule Hits Constitutional Snag, NCTA Says

By Margaret Harding McGill (June 30, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT) -- The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has urged the Federal Communications Commission not to expand the definition of "multichannel video programming distributor" to include some online video distributors, saying the consequences of the change might not pass constitutional muster, according to an ex parte filing posted Tuesday.

The NCTA said it met with members of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's office to discuss the change, which the FCC issued in a notice of proposed rule-making in December. The new definition of MVPD would include "subscription linear" online video distributors that provide channels of scheduled programming. The NCTA said Tuesday that the new...

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