If I were writing the article, I wouldn't have said that the Commissioners voted against the 70/70 rule - since that item WASN'T ON THE AGENDA. The Sunshine Act requires the Commission to publish it's meeting agendas a week in advance. So, the November 27, 2007 meeting agenda had to be published on or before November 20, 2007. Here's the agenda as of November 20, 2007: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-278312A1.doc (An item was removed later.) News accounts ahead of time said that Chairman Martin had to pull the item before the agenda was published due to not having three votes in favor of his position. The debate was over the methodology. (Mostly, it's a phony debate, as evidenced by the competition report released at the same meeting.) I suspect that cable stocks will be hurt severely by this in the future, when Chairman Martin gets his third vote, probably from Commissioner Adelstein. I hope that CED Magazine will report that accurately, but if the past is a predictor of future performance, they won.t "voting" is something done in public at a public meeting, and it requires either an exception to the Sunshine Act requirement of a public notice in advance of the item being voted on, or compliance with the Act. John Willkie _____ De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En nombre de Frank Eory Enviado el: Friday, November 30, 2007 9:33 AM Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Asunto: [opendtv] Cable stocks upbeat after 70/70 rule vote Excerpted from yesterday's issue of cedmagazine.com: Cable stocks were on the upswing yesterday after FCC commissioners voted against Chairman Kevin Martin's proposal to give the FCC more power to regulate the cable industry. FCC commissioners voted against Martin's plan to use the "70/70" rule, which would have allowed Martin to push through some of his pet projects, such as the a la carte service model. The 70/70 rule dates back to the Communications Act of 1984. Under the 70/70 rule, if the FCC finds that cable service is available to 70 percent of households, and that 70 percent of those homes subscribe, then the FCC can "promulgate any additional rule necessary to provide diversity of information sources." ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.