(CN) – The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal by the cable TV industry, which asked the justices to overturn the so-called “must carry” rule requiring cable companies to carry the programs of local broadcasters.
Without comment, the high court declined to hear Cablevision Systems Corp. v. FCC.
The industry had argued that local broadcasters no longer needed the must-carry rule, due to the growth in competition since the 1990s.
The rule thus violates cable operators’ First Amendment rights to select their own programming, the industry argued.
Cable companies had wanted the high court to overturn its 1994 and 1997 rulings in the Turner Broadcasting cases, which upheld the must-carry rule.