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FCC Hit With Lawsuit Over Order Banning Regulation of Charter’s Cable Rate

Dec. 30, 2019, 4:20 PM

Massachusetts is suing to block an FCC order that prevents the state’s cable regulator from controlling prices for Charter Communications Inc.'s basic-tier cable TV services.

The Federal Communications Commission ruled in October that Charter competes in 32 Massachusetts communities with AT&T Inc.'s online streaming service, AT&T TV Now—freeing Charter from rate regulation in those areas.

The Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable said the FCC’s order was arbitrary and capricious, and violates federal communications law.

Local authorities can regulate cable rates only in areas that the FCC deems to lack “effective competition” under a 1996 federal statute.

The lawsuit was ...