Court Upholds Cable Program Access Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s program access rules, which require cable companies to make programming available to other cable systems and subscription TV services.

The rules, which were extended in 2007 by the FCC for five years, where challenged by both Cablevision and Comcast.

“The Commission’s program access rules have played a vital role in making diverse and attractive video programming available to cable and satellite TV viewers. I’m pleased that the D.C. Circuit court has confirmed the commission’s authority to prevent vertically integrated cable companies from denying critical television programming to their competitors and consumers,” said Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC.