Board of Supervisors Authorizes Filing of Appeal of FCC Order

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April 9, 2007

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Authorizes Filing of Appeal of FCC Order

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today authorized the filing of an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent Local Cable Franchising Order (06-180). At least six other local governments and local government organizations already have appealed the order, which applies to local governments throughout the United States.

According to the Board of Supervisors, the FCC order upends longstanding authority granted by the U.S. Congress to enable local governments to protect local consumer interests, to negotiate cable franchises that meet unique local needs and to promote public, educational and governmental interests in their jurisdictions.

“In adopting the order, the FCC ignored evidence that Fairfax County worked diligently to bring competitive cable services to county consumers,” said Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth. “We have been a national leader in franchise negotiations. This will gut our ability as a local government to negotiate protection for consumers and the public.”

The Board of Supervisors directed staff to file comments in the continuing FCC rulemaking proceeding and to file an appeal of the FCC order with the United States Court of Appeals. 


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