Byron Allen Comcast Lawsuit Going to SCOTUS
Byron Allen Levels Up To The Supreme Court In $20 Billion Comcast Appeal
Are Black media companies being blocked from business?
Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen has officially put Comcast on notice, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear his $20 billion racial bias lawsuit. Together Comcast and Charter Communications cable distribution reaches about 36 million subscribers, and they’ve been blocking Allen from getting access to them. As one of the few black owned media companies, will the highest court in the land put an end to the refusal to carry Entertainment Studios slate of channels?
The Breakdown You Need to Know
This is more than a case of racial bias, rather one of civil rights, which is why he’s seeking $20 billion. CultureBanx noted he’s hoping that under the umbrella of a Reconstruction-era civil rights law that says companies can’t discriminate based on race in business contracts, he’ll put a stop to the dismissive nature of these cable companies. Allen’s Entertainment Studios media empire consists of 43 syndicated television series, eight cable networks, The Weather Channel, and a movie studio. Currently, there are 50 pay-TV operators that already distribute its content including Verizon Fios, DirecTV, RCN and Suddenlink to 80 million subscribers.