Court Upholds FCC Ban on Exclusive Cable Agreements

Facts: Trade associations representing cable operators and apartment building owners sued in federal court in Washington, D.C., to overturn an order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banning exclusivity agreements between cable companies and owners of multiple-unit buildings. In October 2007 the FCC ruled that the agreements, in which site managers give one company the exclusive right to provide cable service to their residents, unfairly dampened competition in the cable market.

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