AT&T filed a complaint Aug. 13 with the FCC, charging that
Cablevision has engaged in anticompetitive practices over access to
high-definition programming on its Madison Square Garden network.
The filing follows a similar program-access complaint lodged in July by Verizon,
which said Cablevision "intentionally and unlawfully" refused to make
available sports programming featuring the New York Knicks and New York
Rangers -- which it owns -- as well as the New York Islanders, New Jersey
Devils and Buffalo Sabers.
According to Reuters,
AT&T noted that, based on FCC rules, cable operators such as
Cablevision, can't prevent other video providers from offering a
competing service to customers. The company's Connecticut customers
currently receive Madison Square Garden programming.
Cablevision, in a statement, said: "AT&T is late to the game and doesn't want to play by the rules. Their customers already receive every single game offered on MSG and MSG Plus. Now they want the FCC to force MSG to hand over its HD programming, which is a product of many years of technological development and investment. The idea that a phone company more than 15 times our size needs a regulatory bailout is absurd."