http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-272897A1.pdf Kevin Martin's views seem for the most part to be consistent. He seems to favor some measure of "a la carte," but not to a very well defined extent. Could be just more tiers, for example. He also seems to favor multicast must carry, which surprised me somewhat: "By contrast, without multicasting, the United States is saying to consumers, 'get a converter box or else your TV will go dark,' rather than, 'get a converter box so you can get more free channels.' The message in this country is not as appealing. "Broadcasters said they could not sustain a business based on advertiser-supported multicasted channels unless they knew the channels would be carried on the cable and satellite systems. Your industry opposed mandatory carriage, saying consumers should be able to pick and choose the channels they want, not have programming forced upon them. But if that is really your belief, then it should hold true whether we are talking about broadcast channels or your own cable programming channels. You can't have it both ways. Fundamentally, I agree that consumer choice should be paramount. And if you advocate subjecting broadcast channels to consumer choice then why shouldn't cable channels be similarly subject to free market choices as well." I'm not entirely clear on this paragraph, though: "From my first days at the Commission, I have supported efforts to refrain from regulating your broadband service. I agreed with the cable industry that you should not be required to open your broadband network to competitors at wholesale rates. I agree that the government should also refrain from imposing taxes on broadband service and I support exempting them from franchise fees. I agree with the cable industry that your broadband services should not be subject to universal service fees that would be used to subsidize your telephone company competitors." That last sentence might not be consistent with his otherwise neutral stance. Does it mean that VoIP customers don't pay to subsidize telephone service? Or is cable broadband not meant to include VoIP? I'm assuming the "universal service fees" he's talking about are fees levied on the telco customers to help subsidize "lifeline" telephone service. So VoIP customers, anyway, should certainly have to pay that fee. *Perhaps* those who qualify for "lifeline" telephone service can't afford cable, or VoIP from a cable company, so *perhaps* those revenues extracted from cable customers go to subsidize the telcos. But hey, telephone service is telephone service. Maybe cable systems should also be required to provide "lifeline" telephone services, then, to keep the complaints down. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.