Verizon Calls County On Antitrust Violations

Law360, New York (June 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Verizon Communications has stuck a Maryland county with an antitrust lawsuit, claiming that the county is blocking the company from entering its market to compete with Comcast.

The 86-page complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleges that the county’s cable franchising process violates the First Amendment, that the franchise demands violate the Federal Communications Act, and that the county’s agreement with Comcast violates federal antitrust law.

"Verizon regrets having to take this step, but the county's unlawful demands leave us no other choice,"...
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