ACA Urges FCC to Grant Dual-Carriage Waivers to Smaller Systems
American Cable Association to Federal Communications Commission: Deny Request by National Association of Broadcasters, Association for Maximum Service Television
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 4/23/2008 8:38:00 AM
The FCC voted last fall to require cable systems to carry TV stations in both analog and digital if that's what it takes to deliver a viewable signal after the transition to digital. Cable operators had earlier been required to deliver HD signals in HD.
The ACA, in a filing with the FCC opposing the request by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Association for Maximum Service Television, said the waiver policy was in the public interest
"Considering the number of channels devoured by programming and retransmission-consent tying and bundling, a significant number of these low-capacity systems are channel-locked or close to channel-locked and do not have capacity for new broadband and other advanced services," the ACA argued.
The ACA took issue with broadcasters' argument that the waiver process was not pro-consumer, saying that it gives smaller systems the capacity they need to deploy new broadband services and will reduce the cost of service to subscribers.
Cable companies by 2012. Should be able to use hd off air spectrum thru cable tv, with billion dollar investment. It involves secondary fiber optic's and 2 or 3 year process. If broadcaster's need no longer allow it retransmission, if cable provider can provide off hd signal.
Tom - 4/23/2008 1:16:00 PM EDT
Why invite churn? Dual-carriage should apply to all MSOs, large and small, with access to HD broadcast signals on all service tiers. Consumers are smart; they'll figure out that they can get HD over the air by way of an antenna and an A/B switch. Some of them might even decide to foresake cable entirely. Why encourage them? Please pose this question to your official sources; I'd like to hear their response. Their claim of bandwidth scarcity doesn't cut it when it comes to local stations and the integrity of broadcast signals.
Victor Livingston - 4/23/2008 1:08:00 PM EDT
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