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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit turned down a petition by cable operators and municipal officials seeking to overturn the new regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in December and aimed at spurring new competition with cable.UPDATE 1-U.S. court upholds new FCC video franchising rules
The new rules set time limits for local authorities to act on applications by new television providers and said some requirements imposed on some entrants, such as building a local swimming pool, were unreasonable.
Under the new rules, local jurisdictions have 90 days to act on applications by new television providers that already have access to city land to run connections and 180 days for new entrants to cities and towns.