Aereo to court: We’re a cable company now

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Aereo Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Alex Weprin

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In a letter to a U.S. District Court, Aereo said that it should be treated as a cable company going forward, as it seeks to continue operating following a loss at the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Under the Second Circuit's precedents, Aereo was a provider of technology and equipment with respect to the near-live transmissions at issue in the preliminary injunction appeal. After the Supreme Court's decision, Aereo is a cable system with respect to those transmissions," Aereo argued in its letter.

Aereo's argument makes it eligible for a compulsory license under Section 111 of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010. The section would allow Aereo to gain access to local broadcast stations by paying compulsory royalty fees to the government. 

The broadcasters responded with their own argument, calling Aereo's decision "astonishing."

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"Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court's decision automatically transformed Aereo into a "cable system" under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court," lawyers for the broadcasters wrote.

You can read both letters here: http://bit.ly/1mKWmHP