FCC Postpones a la Carte Comments

Cable lawyers, enjoy the July 4 holiday.

Acting on a request from the cable industry, the Federal Communications Commission Friday extended the deadline to file comments in its cable a la carte programming proceeding.

The first round of comments are now due July 15 and the second round July 30. Originally, the first round was due July 8 -- a deadline that troubled cable lawyers who thought they had to work over the three-day weekend.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association filed for the extension of time on the morning of July 2, and the FCC granted it a few hours later. The NCTA said it needed additional time to address a host of complex a la carte matters.