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First digital must-carry complaint filed

Thu, 09/14/2000 - 8:00pm
Karen Kessler

Remember the tired old fight around must-carry? Now Paxson Communications has revived it in the digital age. The company has filed the first complaint at the FCC demanding that four Chicago cable operators carry its digital-television signal in that market. Paxson is the nation's third-largest broadcast-station owner, with 60 stations.

Paxson said the cable operators should be required to carry a digital-TV signal in lieu of its analog signal and the operators should be required to carry multiple digital-TV signals if it decides to split the signal, said government sources.

Paxson filed the complaint AT&T Broadband and three other Chicago operators. It is believed to be the first one the FCC has received regarding digital must-carry, although a digital-TV station in Stuart, Fla., has asked the agency to rule that local cable operators should be required to carry its digital signal in analog.

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