On the Ropes—Court of Appeals Fires Away at FCC in Comcast-Tennis Case

The FCC’s 1st decision finding that a cable operator violated program carriage rules appeared in jeopardy Mon morning, with a 3-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals hammering the Commission with questions about its ’12 ruling that Comcast discriminated against Tennis Channel (Cfax, 7/25). It’s never over until the court issues its opinion, which could take 2-4 months, but the line of questioning at Mon’s oral arguments didn’t seem to bode well for the FCC. Here’s where the FCC’s case could be in trouble.

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