NATOA Asks to Join Appeal of FCC's Cable Franchise Order

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This week NATOA filed a Motion to Intervene in the appeals of the FCC’s August 2nd Third Report and Order, which allows cable operators to deduct from franchise fees the fair market value of cable franchise requirements, with limited exceptions, and largely preempts states and local governments from regulating the non-cable services and equipment of franchised cable operators, including their Wi-Fi and small cell equipment.

Earlier this month NATOA and our national local government organization partners filed a Motion for Stay asking the FCC to stay the effective date of the Third Report and Order pending the outcome of the appeals. NCTA has filed an Opposition to the Motion. The FCC has not yet issued a decision.