Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 6:48am
NCTA OPPOSED TO DUAL CARRIAGE
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
The cable industry took issue yet again with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's proposal to require cable systems to deliver both analog and digital versions of TV station signals after the transition to digital. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association says that it has always planned to deliver broadcast signals "to all customers" after the transition. But its point was that there was no call for a government mandate. Cable operators are under no explicit obligation to carry both analog and digital signals after the conversion to digital, but Martin apparently sees at least an implicit one in a law requiring cable operators to deliver a "viewable" signal to subscribers.
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Comcast is urging the FCC to resist the adoption of rules that would expand the boundaries of a law that allows TV stations to demand systemwide distribution from local cable systems.
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