Bright House: Not enough time for carriage discrimination ruling

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 8:50am
Mike Robuck

Bright House Networks filed a document on Monday with the Federal Communications Commission that contended there isn’t enough time for an administrative law judge to rule on several program carriage discrimination cases.

Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cox Communications have become embroiled in various carriage rules discrimination cases.

The NFL Network, WealthTV and the Mid-Atlantic Sports network have complained to the FCC that the cable operators are discriminating against them in favor of the cable operators’ own sports and lifestyle networks, or by refusing to offer their programming as part of the operators’ basic tiers.

WealthTV has complained to the FCC about carriage rules in regard to Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House, while the NFL Network and Mid-Atlantic Sports have complained about Comcast.

On Oct. 10, the FCC’s Media Bureau said it would refer the disputes to an administrative law judge and said that the judge had 60 days, until Dec. 9, to come up with recommended decisions.

Since the special judge has yet to be named, Bright House said in Monday’s filing that the Dec. 9 deadline wasn’t realistic.

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