Content Companies Refile Stay Request

Trying to Block Widespread Access to Sensitive Program Contracts
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Content companies filed their latest volley Thursday in the ongoing legal battle over the FCC's decision to allow third-party viewing of highly sensitive programming contracts as part of the review of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV merger reviews. It was actually the re-filing of a previous court request made only days ago.

That latest filing was an amended petition for a stay of that FCC decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The companies filed a stay request with the court on Monday, but that was a stay of a Media Bureau decision to allow potentially hundreds of third parties access hundreds of thousands of pages of those documents and the memos and emails about how the deals were done. The bureau Wednesday released the modifications it made to protective orders. A politically divided commission then voted to uphold that bureau decision Monday after the companies had already filed, so they had to amend the filing to reflect that they were now challenging a full commission decision.

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