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Comcast Cablevision of Broward County, Inc. v. Broward County

124 F. Supp. 2d 685 (S.D. Fla. 2000)

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Comcast Cablevision of Broward County, Inc. v. Broward County

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

124 F. Supp. 2d 685 (S.D. Fla. 2000)

Facts

Broward County (County) (defendant) adopted an equal-access ordinance. This ordinance required cable systems to give all Internet service providers, often known as ISPs, equal access to the cable system’s broadband Internet system, if requested. The ordinance also required that the cable system provide the access to these other Internet service providers on terms at least as favorable as those the cable system gave to itself. The County argued that the ordinance was necessary to ensure competition for Internet services. Comcast Cablevision (Comcast) (plaintiff) was a cable system operating in Broward County. Comcast sued the County, alleging that the equal-access ordinance violated Comcast’s First Amendment rights.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Middlebrooks, J.)

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