Supreme Court rejects must-carry challenge

Cablevision challenged regulation citing competition, tech

NEW YORK -- The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the latest challenge to regulation that requires cable operators to carry over-the-air broadcast stations after two similar rulings in the past.

Cablevision System had challenged the must-carry rule, citing competitive and technological changes and using a shopping channel as the impetus. Congress set the must-carry rule in 1992 to support free broadcast programming.

"We continue to believe that WRNN -- a shopping channel that moved its transmitter to reach our service area, but has no local viewers -- has manipulated the must-carry rules at our customers' expense," Cablevision said in a statement. "In doing so, WRNN has exposed just how obsolete these regulations have become, especially in light of the vigorous competition and other market conditions that have developed over the last decade."
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