Maine’s a la carte cable law blocked, at least temporarily

December 23, 2019 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law requiring cable companies to provide television programming on a channel-by-channel basis is on hold due to the actions of a federal judge.

Cable companies sued to stop the law, which would be the first of its kind in the country. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torreson has ruled the companies are likely to prevail, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The cable companies have said the state’s law hurts their First Amendment rights because it interferes with their editorial control about programming choices. They also believe it violates federal rules that regulate them. Torreson said she was more swayed by the First Amendment claim.

The case is expected to head to trial in August.