Court Sets Oral Argument in Tennis Channel Case

Comcast is challenging FCC program carriage decision
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has
slated an oral argument in Comcast's challenge to the FCC's Tennis Channel decision
for Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m.

The FCC, in its first upholding of a program carriage
complaint, in
July ruled 3-2 along party lines
that the nation's largest cable operator
had discriminated against Tennis Channel in favor of Comcast's own similarly
situated co-owned programming networks Versus (now NBC Sports Net) and Golf
Channel.

Comcast argues that it did not unreasonably restrain Tennis
Channel's ability to compete and did not discriminate on the basis of
affiliation. Comcast
says the FCC decision violates the First Amendment
and that Tennis Channel
filed its complaint past the statute of limitations so it should be moot.

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