C-SPAN Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Must-Carry Rules

By Andrew Gauthier 

Broadcasting & Cable

C-SPAN is joining Cablevision in asking the Supreme Court to overturn the must-carry rules, which require cable operators to carry local TV stations that elect not to negotiate carriage.

“Amid today’s expanding marketplace of program delivery options, must-carry is a relic of the past that should be clicked and dragged to the recycle bin of regulatory overkill,” said C-SPAN VP and General Counsel Bruce Collins in announcing the move.


The cable public affairs channel, which must compete with those TV stations for channel space, has long argued that the fact that broadcasters have a guaranteed carriage right while channels like C-SPAN have to compete for what space is left violates the First Amendment. More…