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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2008 11:53:12 -0400

At 9:06 PM -0400 7/1/08, John Willkie wrote:
footnote 62 from today's Copyright report to Congress

"In the context of analog broadcast signal carriage, it has been the FCC's view that the Communications Act contemplates there be one basic service tier. In the context of digital carriage, the FCC found that it is consistent with Section 623 of the Communications Act to require that a broadcaster's 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.

I believe that the FCC addressed this with their rules for cable post DTV transition.


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