Comcast: See You in Court

Challenges FCC’s decision to uphold Tennis Channel carriage complaint

Comcast wasted no time challenging the Federal
Communications Commission’s decision to
uphold the Tennis Channel carriage complaint.

On July 30, Comcast asked the commission
to stay enforcement of its July 24 vote pending
the outcome of its promised court appeal, which
it filed two days later. Without that stay, which
the commission is unlikely to grant if past is prologue,
Comcast will have to take steps to true up
tier placement of Tennis Channel, Golf Channel
and NBC Sports Net by early September (the FCC
gave the MSO 45 days).

Comcast said in the stay filing that the FCC
decision imposed an “unprecedented burden” on
the company, allowing Tennis Channel to rewrite
its contract with Comcast “under the guise of
avoiding discrimination.”

Comcast asked the FCC to rule on its petition by
Aug. 7 so that, if the FCC says no, it can seek a judicial
stay. “We have to wait for the FCC not to act
before filing a stay with the court,” Comcast said in
a statement. (See You Said It!)

Broadcasters took the same “stay” route in trying
to prevent the FCC from enforcing its Aug. 2
date for posting political and other public files
online, but the FCC and the court both denied
those appeals for emergency relief.