FCC streamlines DBS rules

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The Federal Communications Commission Thursday eliminated inconsistencies
between rules governing ownership of direct-broadcast satellite operations and
other noncable direct-to-home platforms such as C-band satellite.

As part of the cleanup, the FCC ordered DBS operators to start offering
programming packages in Alaska and Hawaii that are "reasonably" comparable to
those received by mainland customers.

The commission also eliminated restrictions on foreign ownership of DBS,
which they said have generally been waived anyway.