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Federal Judge Expected to Rule on Unbundling Cable Channels

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by Sarah Downey, The Center Square

A ruling is expected from a federal judge on a new state law that would require cable companies to let consumers choose specific channels instead of packaged bundles.

The Maine Legislature passed the first of its kind law earlier this year. Cable provider Comcast and nine cable broadcasters, including NBC/Universal, Fox Cable and Disney, summarily sued to block it.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, told the Portland Press Herald that he filed the measure after hearing from senior citizens who no longer could afford cable service. Allowing them to select which channels to subscribe to could provide cost savings.

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