Quimbee logo with url
From our private database of 14,500+ case briefs...

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. Federal Communications Commission

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
717 F.3d 982 (2013)


Tennis Channel (plaintiff) filed a complaint against Comcast Cable Communications, LLC (Comcast) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (defendant), alleging Comcast violated federal law by refusing to place Tennis Channel on the same cable tier as Comcast-owned channels Golf Channel and Versus. Specifically, Comcast placed Golf Channel and Versus on a widely-distributed, lower-priced tier but placed Tennis Channel on a higher tier. Section 616 of the Communications Act of 1934 (the Act) stated a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) such as Comcast could not discriminate against an unaffiliated channel if the effect of the discrimination was to unreasonably restrain the unafilliated channel from competing fairly. An administrative law judge ruled in favor of Tennis Channel. The FCC affirmed. Comcast petitioned for review, claiming that Tennis Channel’s proposed carriage agreement placing it on the lower tier would not provide any additional revenue for Comcast and would lose Comcast money.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Williams, J.)

Concurrence (Edwards, J.)

Concurrence (Kavanaugh, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 263,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,500 briefs, keyed to 196 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.