‘Neighborhood’ Watch

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WASHINGTON — The Bloomberg complaint will almost
certainly turn on the FCC’s interpretation of the
following key words and phrases in the NBCU order:

“[A]lthough we decline to adopt a requirement
that Comcast affirmatively undertake
neighborhooding, in accordance with the special
importance of news programming to the public
interest, we adopt a narrowly tailored condition
related to channel placement for independent news
channels. Specifically, we require that if Comcast
now or in the future carries news and/or business
news channels in a neighborhood, defined as
placing a significant number or percentage of news
and/or business news channels substantially
adjacent to one another in a system’s channel
lineup, Comcast must carry all independent news
and business news channels in that neighborhood.