Key Powell Aide Backs DTV Multicast

Hearn, Ted
September 2004
Multichannel News;9/27/2004, Vol. 25 Issue 39, p8
This article discusses the prospects digital television (DTV). Kenneth Ferree, Tederai Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell's point man on the digital-TV transition, is on a mission. In concert with his staff, Ferree, chief of the U.S. FCC's Media Bureau, has concluded that federal law permits the FCC to impose multicast must-carry requirements on cable systems, and that doing so is good policy. Ferree's staff is crafting a plan that would conclude broadcasters' DTV transition by 2009. Ferree's conclusions about multicasting will no doubt warm the hearts of many broadcasters, but bitterly disappoint the cable industry, which might have to visit federal court to vindicate its view that multicasting is contrary to federal law and violates the First Amendment.


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