[opendtv] Why DTV signals are available on basic analog cable

  • From: John Willkie <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 21:06:18 -0400 (EDT)

footnote 62 from today's Copyright report to Congress

      "In the context of analog broadcast signal carriage, it has been the 
       view that the Communications Act contemplates there be one basic service 
       tier. In the context of digital carriage, the FCC found that it is 
       with Section 623 of the Communications Act to require that a 
       digital signal must be available on a basic tier such that all broadcast 
       signals are available to all cable subscribers at the lowest priced tier 
       of service, as Congress envisioned. See Carriage of Digital Television 
       Broadcast Signals, 16 FCC Rcd 2598, 2643 (2001)."

So, catv firms that purport to charge more than basic, basic, basic, basic 
analog cable for access to DTV signals are either fooling their customers or 
otherwise engaged in flim-flam.

Gives them strong incentive, post-analog, to eliminate analog cable, since each 
analog channel bandwidth can be used for multiple digital channels. 

John Willkie
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