Big Day at the FCC Today-And Cable Isn't Happy About It
The FCC's last regularly scheduled meeting of the year will have at least a partial focus on cable television and broadband.
This is the day when the FCC will issue its annual pricing report as well as to vote on a proposal to make it easier for phone companies to get new cable TV franchises.
As for the cable companies, they sound slightly less than eager to bear the possible results of today's reports and decisions.
"I think there is a disconnect between the rhetoric of free market and the types of proposals offered by the leadership of the Commission," National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Kyle McSloarrow said yesterday.
By "leadership of the Commission," McSlarrow was, of course referring to FCC Chair Kevin Martin.
McSlarrow, whose organization consists of most broadband cable systems owners, added that allowing consumers a choice of self-configurable channel packages, to require cable companies to carry all digital broadcast signals and to make public arrangements between cable operators and cable channels was "one of the most sweeping regulatory agendas" in Washingotn, as well as "micromanagement"-type practices.
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