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New must-carry question plaguing FCC

Mon, 01/01/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

The FCC may soon decide if TV stations transmitting in digital-only format only are eligible for must-carry status.

Currently, cable companies are required to retransmit broadcast stations with analog signals. The question of digital television signals being rebroadcast as analog came to light when a Florida station transmitting in digital requested that local cable operators carry its digital signal in analog, and that customers be able to see its high-definition programming.

Much further down on the government agency's agenda is deciding whether cable operators should simultaneously carry both digital and analog signals.

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