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Bloomberg Supports FCC Ruling In Comcast-Tennis Channel Dispute
Published January 25, 2013
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“Bloomberg is keenly aware of the incentives that cable MVPDs [multichannel video programming distributors like Comcast] have to harm and discriminate against independent programmers in favor of affiliated programming and the absolutely essential need for a fair and effective process for hearing and deciding program carriage complaints,” Bloomberg said in its filing. When the FCC ruled in Tennis Channel’s favor, agreeing Comcast had discriminated against the independent channel in favor of those owned by Comcast, it was the first such decision in favor of a non-affiliated programmer in the 20 years since Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act.