NCTA urges FCC to end sub limits

Boliek, Brooks
August 2005
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;8/9/2005, Vol. 390 Issue 20, p4
This article reports that cable operators told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the government doesn't need to set a limit on the number of subscribers one system can reach, arguing that changes in the marketplace have put the breaks on the industry's anti-competitive behavior. In 1992, the U.S. Congress ordered the FCC to set reasonable ownership limits in order to ensure competition, but in 2001 the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the FCC interfered with cable operators' free-speech rights when it wrote the controversial rules. Under the regulations, cable operators could serve no more than 30% of the national cable audience and were required to reserve 60% of their cable channels for unaffiliated cable programmers. In papers filed with the commission the National Cable and Telecommunications Association urged the commission to avoid old mistakes, arguing that cable's ownership of the sources of programming dropped precipitously, falling from 48% in 1992 to 26% in 2002.


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