FCC Rejects Multicast Must-Carry for Cable

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

February 10, 2005

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FCC Rejects Multicast Must-Carry for Cable

Score one for the cable guys. In a big victory for both cable operators and cable networks earlier today, the FCC turned down a proposal to make cable systems carry the multiple digital TV signals of broadcast stations in their markets. The Commission rejected the proposed multicast must-carry rule by a 4-1 vote despite a massive lobying effort by broadcasters. In addition, by an unanimous vote, the FCC rejected a separate dual must-carry rule for cable operators. This means that cable operators won't have to carry both the analog and digital signals of each local broadcast station during the broadcasters' current DTV transition. In a statement, NCTA President & CEO Robert Sachs hailed the votes as "a major victory for consumers" and praised outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell for "his vision and leadership in promoting the DTV transition." But the battle, which has been raging between the broadcasting and cable industries for at least four years, is far from over. Broacasters have already vowed to take their cause to the courts and Congress, which is preparing to rewrite the 1996 Telecom Act this session.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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