WASHINGTON - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied the petition for review of the FCC's March 2007 order prohibiting local franchising authorities from "unreasonably refus[ing] to award" competitive cable franchises. Petitioners were Alliance for Community Media, et al. The following statement on today's decision should be attributed to Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel:
"The FCC's decision was pro-consumer and designed to open up markets controlled by incumbent cable carriers. The commission's action was an important step toward competition at a time when consumers had little choice. We are pleased the court agrees."