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Commissioners McDowell and Pai Statement on Tennis Channel Stay

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Released: August 24, 2012

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

August 24, 2012

Erin McGrath (202) 418-2042
Courtney Reinhard (202) 418-2013

JOINT STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONERS

ROBERT M. McDOWELL AND AJIT PAI ON THE DECISION OF

THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CIRCUIT TO STAY THE COMCAST/TENNIS CHANNEL ORDER

The following statement can be attributed to Commissioners Robert M. McDowell and Ajit Pai:
“We are pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has decided to issue a stay of
the Commission’s order in the Tennis Channel proceeding. As stated in our joint dissent, we
believe the decision errs on both the law and the facts, undermines the public interest, and raises
serious First Amendment concerns. We look forward to the federal appeals court giving this
matter a full and fair hearing while preventing irreparable harm to the parties.”

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