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Public Knoweldge Applauds FCC Decision On Tennis Channel v. Comcast
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) affirmed a
ruling made last December by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that
Comcast had illegally discriminated against the Tennis Channel in favor
of its own affiliated programming, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network.
Federal law makes it illegal for cable operators that own programming
from using their ownership of the cable system to unfairly advantage
The following statement may be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President:
"We applaud the Commission for enforcing the program carriage rules as Congress intended. These rules protect independent programmers against undue discrimination by vertically integrated programmers. A vibrant and competitive programming market is essential not only for the traditional cable market, but for the online video market as well. History shows that independents such as the Tennis Channel are more likely to embrace new distribution channels and new business models that challenge the incumbents. By protecting the independents on traditional cable today, the Commission helps nurture the online competition of tomorrow."
The FCC's Decision may be found here.
This release is linked here.
Public Knowledge is a Washington D.C.- based public interest group working to defend consumer rights in the emerging digital culture. More information is available at http://www.publicknowledge.org