Originally published: May 14, 2012
Last updated: May 14, 2012 - 3:43pm
A federal appeals court has upheld a Federal Communications Commission decision that Time Warner Cable had not discriminated against regional sports network MASN (the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) by not carrying it on an analog tier in North Carolina.
MASN owner TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding had appealed the agency's decision, saying the FCC's order should be vacated and remanded, but the court ruled that the FCC had not acted either arbitrarily or capriciously in finding that TWC had provided "legitimate and non-discriminatory reasons," for declining analog carriage. The court said it found no reason to challenge the FCC's "individual determination" that it was "legitimate business practices common to a competitive marketplace" that drove TWC's decision not to give analog carriage to unaffiliated RSN MASN--TWC did offer digital carriage. "We find the evidence supports the FCC's determination that Time Warner's decision was "driven by factors other than a desire to force [Mid-Atlantic Sports Network] out of business or discourage [Mid-Atlantic Sports Network] from entering the market," the court concluded.
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