Statement of NCTA Regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Ruling in the Comcast – Tennis Channel Case

[Background: NCTA filed an amicus brief in support of Comcast in the case]

"We believe that the Court of Appeal’s unanimous ruling in the Tennis Channel case provides important guidance for the Commission concerning the need to construe and apply the statute narrowly, as Congress intended. This is particularly true in light of today's highly competitive video marketplace and the First Amendment interests at stake. As Judge Kavanaugh wrote: "In restricting the editorial discretion of video programming distributors, the FCC cannot continue to implement a regulatory model premised on a 1990s snapshot of the cable market.'"

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Contact: Brian Dietz/Joy Sims (202) 222-2350

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 14:45
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"We believe that the Court of Appeal’s unanimous ruling in the Tennis Channel case provides important guidance for the Commission concerning the need to construe and apply the statute narrowly, as Congress intended. This is particularly true in light of today's highly competitive video marketplace and the First Amendment interests at stake. As Judge Kavanaugh wrote: "In restricting the editorial discretion of video programming distributors, the FCC cannot continue to implement a regulatory model premised on a 1990s snapshot of the cable market.'"