Comcast Discriminated Against Tennis Channel, Says FCC Arm

Jul 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is recommending that Comcast be required to carry Tennis Channel on a "widely viewed" tier and that the cable operator receive the maximum fine, reports B&C.

The recommendations represent the bureau’s opinion on a complaint following oral argument and each side’s submission of a recommended decision, the story notes. The bureau’s take will now provide Tennis Channel with "new ammunition," the piece says, with each side scheduled to make a presentation in the case Tuesday.

The recommendation noted that Comcast should place Tennis near either Versus or Golf, in which Comcast has financial stakes, the story says.

"Comcast engaged in discrimination in the selection, terms and conditions of carriage on the basis of affiliation and nonaffiliation," the bureau concluded in a redacted version of the recommendation obtained by B&C, the story says. The bureau recommended a fine of $375,000, the maximum allowed, the piece adds.

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