FCC ruling opens door for satellite
March 21, 2008
DBS operators have a significant opportunity to gain market share in the pay-TV space thanks to a recently upheld FCC ruling on multiple dwelling units according to the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association. Now that The National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s motion to stay the FCC’s November 2007, order has been denied, satellite providers are in a good position to add new MDU subscribers. In the ruling, the FCC prohibited exclusivity provisions in MDU agreements by either incumbent cable operators or telco video providers, going so far as to invalidate existing exclusivity clauses.