FCC Upholds Restrictions on US Cable Firms

17 June 2002

A ban on US cable companies forging exclusive agreements with television broadcasters has been extended by the Federal Communications Commission.

First enacted in 1992, the regulation is designed to ensure that satellite broadcasters are able to offer consumers the same channels as cable firms. The latter, it was feared, could use their dominance of America’s TV landscape to restrict channel-owners’ offerings to satellite platforms.

The ban was due to expire in October, but has been extended for a further five years after a 3-1 vote in favour by the FCC, which hopes it will spur competition between cable and satellite.

Data sourced from: Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff