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Cablevision Asks Court To Review 'Must Carry'

  • B&C, Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:51 PM
Cablevision has asked the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the must-carry rules, which require cable operators to carry local broadcast stations. What was once a cable monopoly, Cablevision concedes to the court, "has been replaced by vibrant competition."

Specifically, Cablevision wants the court to hear the cable company's appeal of a Second Circuit decision upholding the FCC's must-carry mandate for station WRNN. A three-judge panel in June 2009 rejected Cablevision's challenge to an FCC order requiring carriage of WRNN New York in some Long Island communities under the must-carry provision. The full court in October rejected Cablevision's petition for a re-hearing before the full court. So far, the court has taken an expansive view of must-carry benefits.



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