FCC Set to Decide on Program Access Rule

Decision could change lineups on cable

Programming lineups at most cable and satellite systems look alike, carrying the same networks and channels, with only a few exceptions. That could be about to change. When the Federal Communications Commissions returns from the long Labor Day weekend, it will have a month to decide whether or not it wants to retire a 20-year rule that requires cable companies that own programming, like Comcast or Cablevision, to make their programming available to their competitors at reasonable terms.

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