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AT&T Services, Inc. et al. v. Madison Square Garden, L.P. et al.

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Released: October 11, 2011

Federal Communications Commission

DA 11-1694

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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AT&T Services, Inc. and
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File No. CSR-8196-P
Southern New England Telephone Company
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d/b/a AT&T Connecticut,
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Complainants,
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v.
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Madison Square Garden, L.P. and
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Cablevision Systems Corp.,
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Defendants

ORDER

Adopted: October 11, 2011

Released: October 11, 2011

By the Chief, Media Bureau
1.
On September 22, 2011, the Media Bureau ("Bureau") issued an Order finding that MSG
Holdings, L.P. ("MSG"; formerly Madison Square Garden, L.P.) and Cablevision Systems Corporation
("Cablevision") (MSG and Cablevision together, the "Defendants") violated Section 628(b) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the "Act")1 and Section 76.1001(a) of the Commission's
rules2 by withholding the high definition ("HD") versions of the MSG and MSG+ Regional Sports
Networks ("RSNs") from AT&T Services, Inc. and Southern New England Telephone Company d/b/a
AT&T Connecticut (collectively, "AT&T") in the state of Connecticut.3 The Order requires MSG to enter
into an agreement to license such programming to AT&T within 30 days of the release of the Order (by
October 22, 2011) (the "agreement deadline").4 On September 28, 2011, Defendants filed with the
Commission a Petition for Stay and an Application for Review of the Order.5 In particular, Defendants
assert in their Petition that they will suffer irreparable harm from having to deliver their RSN
programming to AT&T under the Order.6 We hereby retain the agreement deadline but stay the Order to
the extent it would otherwise require MSG to make the programming available to AT&T on or before
November 14, 2011. We take this action on our own motion to provide the Commission an opportunity
to consider the Defendants' Petition and Application for Review.7


1 See 47 U.S.C. 548(b).
2 See 47 C.F.R. 76.1001(a).
3 See AT&T Servs. Inc. et al., Order, DA 11-1595 (MB 2011) ("Order").
4 See Order at 71, 84.
5 See MSG Holdings, L.P. and Cablevision Systems Corporation, Petition for Stay ("Petition"), File No. CSR-8196-
P (filed Sept. 28, 2011); MSG Holdings, L.P. and Cablevision Systems Corporation, Application for Review, File
No. CSR-8196-P (filed Sept. 28, 2011).
6 See Petition at 37-44.
7 In taking this action on our own motion for administrative purposes, we express no view whether Defendants'
showings in the Petition satisfy any of the requirements for a stay.

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DA 11-1694

2.
Accordingly,

IT IS ORDERED

that, pursuant to Sections 4(i), 4(j), and 628 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 154(j), and 548, and Sections 76.1001
and 76.1003 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 76.1001, 76.1003, the Order

IS STAYED

to the
extent indicated above.
3.
This action is taken pursuant to authority delegated by Section 0.283 of the
Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.283.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William T. Lake
Chief, Media Bureau
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