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Update on the FCC's struggle with dual-carriage

Sun, 01/07/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

The possible new leader of the FCC says he would prefer the agency not intervene in industry squabbles regarding the future of TV.

Current FCC Commissioner Michael Powell says the agency is getting closer to addressing digital-TV disputes and the FCC will eventually do something on how must-carry rules apply to digital broadcasting. The newest disagreement between broadcasters and cable companies focuses on the carriage of both analog and digital signals simultaneously.

Powell is a Republican and the son of secretary of state-designate Gen. Colin Powell. He is likely to be nominated by President-elect George W. Bush to succeed FCC Chairman William Kennard.

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