America Channel Sues Comcast/TW

The America Channel has sued Time Warner and Comcast, seeking to block their purchase and divvying up of bankrupt cable company Adelphia.

The channel, a would-be cable programmer that has complained that big cable companies have frozen it out, argues that the companies are monopolies that exclude competitors and restrain trade.

Cable companies earlier countered the channel's charges by saying it has not presented a compelling business plan to warrant coverage.

Channel founder Doron Gorshein in January asked Congress to make sure the FCC put conditions on the Comcast/Time Warner/Adelphia deal, but now is trying to scuttle it altogether.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.