Comcast Sues FCC Over Tennis Channel Decision

Charges agency was 'arbitrary and capricious'

Comcast is taking the Federal Communications Commission to court over the agency's recent decision that found that the cable giant discriminated against Tennis Channel.

In a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Comcast alleges that the FCC's decision, which will force Comcast to move the Tennis Channel to a different distribution tier on its system, is "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act." The petition also argued that the decision is violates Comcast's rights under the First and Fifth Amendments and the Communications Act.

The FCC's decision—upholding an administrative law judge's ruling last December—ended a two-year case brought by the Tennis Channel.

The FCC ordered Comcast to pay a fine of $375,000 and "what may amount to hundreds of millions of additional dollars to Tennis Channel," Comcast said in its complaint.

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