Time Warner Appeals MASN Ruling


Time Warner Cable wants the five members of the Federal Communications Commission to nullify a staff order that required the cable company to widely distribute a Washington-Baltimore regional sports network to hundreds of thousands of North Carolina cable subscribers.

The cable company filed its appeal on Nov. 26, attempting to nullify a staff ruling that mandated carriage of Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the pay TV home of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball clubs.

MASN also airs 200 college-basketball games, including 30 contests that include North Carolina schools, spokesman Todd Webster said.

FCC Media Bureau chief Monica Desai ruled in late October that Time Warner Cable discriminated against MASN by refusing to provide carriage on an analog tier that most subscribers receive.

She ordered Time Warner to provide MASN with an analog channel within 30 days, a deadline that expired last week. Time Warner immediately announced that it would appeal to the full commission. At some point, it can take the FCC to court.

As of late Monday, MASN is still not being carried by Time Warner Cable, Webster said.