NCTA, Cablevision Pass on Program Access

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Cablevision Systems Corp. and the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association let Thursday's deadline pass without asking the Federal
Communications Commission to reconsider a decision to extend program-access
rules for five more years.

The cutoff was Thursday for filing petitions for reconsideration at the FCC.
The NCTA, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable -- three major players that fought
full extension of the rules -- were not expected to file.

The NCTA and the cable companies have another 30 days to decide whether to
challenge the FCC's decision in federal court.

Under the program-access rules, cable operators are barred from signing
exclusive contracts with satellite-delivered cable networks in which they have
at least a 5 percent financial stake.

The ban was to sunset Oct. 5 unless extended by the FCC. On June 13, the
agency voted 3-1 to continue the ban for five more years.