Court says no exclusive cable rights in apartments

May 26, 2009 By NEDRA PICKLER , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- Cable companies cannot have exclusive rights to provide service in apartment buildings that they wire, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The decision from the Court of Appeals in Washington upholds a ruling that banned the exclusive agreements as anticompetitive.

The deals involved a provider exchanging a valuable service like wiring a multiunit building for cable in exchange for the exclusive right to provide service to all the residents.

The commission said could no longer enter into such deals and existing ones could not be enforced.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association and a pair of affiliated real estate groups sued, saying the FCC did not justify the change in policy, consider the retroactive effects or have the authority to regulate the deals. But the appeals court sided with the FCC and said it acted well within the bounds of the law.

A spokesman for the cable association had no immediate comment on the ruling.

©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Explore further: FCC cable finding welcomed by consumers

Related Stories

FCC cable finding welcomed by consumers

February 10, 2006

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Thursday having options in cable service could save users money. The FCC has been pressing the cable industry for the past few months to offer programs a la carte, rather than ...

Connecticut IPTV vs. cable battle not over

June 9, 2006

Connecticut cable providers pondered their next move Friday after a decision by regulators opened the door to telco-supplied Internet Protocol Television.

Court Denies Vonage Bid for Patent Case Retrial

May 4, 2007

A U.S. appeals court denies a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought against it by Verizon Communications.

Music downloading hearing can't be streamed online

April 16, 2009

(AP) -- Oral arguments in a music downloading lawsuit filed by the recording industry against a Boston University student can't be streamed online, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Recommended for you

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.