AT&T files complaint against Cox

16 Sep 2008

AT&T Inc has filed a complaint with the US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), against cable operator Cox Communications over the rights to broadcast live games by the San Diego Padres baseball team. Cox has an exclusive licence which allows it to broadcast the games to its subscribers, Dow Jones reports. AT&T says the cableco has refused to sign an agreement which would allow the games to be carried on AT&T’s U-verse high speed fibre network in San Diego and this has had a severe impact on take-up of the U-verse service. Cox spokesman David Grabert issued a statement saying: ‘We negotiated and paid for the rights to distribute Padres content, so it is therefore our right to distribute it as we see fit.’ AT&T says Cox is engaging in unfair competition since Padres games are offered to broadcasters in other regions.

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