Court denies CEA request

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a request from the CEA to overturn an FCC ruling mandating digital television tuners be built into most TVs by 2007.

The federal court upheld the FCC order, which requires manufacturers to include DTV tuners in most sets. The court also found that the CEA was incorrect in arguing that Commission lacked authority under the All Channel Receiver Act (ACRA) of 1962 to require TV sets to receive digital signals. It found the CEA argument that the FCC ran afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act’s (APA) requirement of reasoned decision making in its Digital Tuner Order to be “unpersuasive.”

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