Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:58am
THE END OF PROGRAM-ACCESS RULES?
[SOURCE: Multichannel News, AUTHOR: Ted Hearn]
Program-access rules, enacted by Congress in 1992, were extended by the Federal Communications Commission in 2002 for five years. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Wednesday that the agency would soon consider whether to extend the rules or allow them to sunset in October 2007. Under the rules, cable operators are required to sell their satellite-delivered channels to any multichannnel pay TV provider .Terrestrially-delivered channels are not covered, allowing Comcast to withhold SportsNet Philadelphia from DirecTV and EchoStar Communications.
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