Slew of LFA Challenge Plaintiffs Reflects Communities’ Concerns – by Matt Daneman 

The plethora of municipality and state plaintiffs challenging the FCC’s cable TV local franchise authority (LFA) order in court…

…Chris Balch, city attorney for Brookhaven, Georgia, also a plaintiff, said his locality’s participating due to concerns about the FCC order interfering in contractual issues between cities and cable companies. “I’ve never seen the federal government tell the party to a commercial agreement they don’t have a right to negotiate those issues,” he said.

Balch said Brookhaven’s cable franchise agreement isn’t up for review for three years, but the FCC order allows the cable operator to unilaterally change terms without the suburban Atlanta city having a say on what the new fees are. He said it hasn’t heard from the cable operator about any changes.

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