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FCC drops digital must-carry plan

Mon, 06/19/2006 - 6:37am

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Daily Variety
June 19, 2006 Monday
From Lexis Nexis

The Federal Communications Commission won't consider so-called multicast must-carry rules this week because chairman Kevin Martin couldn't garner a majority in support.

The proposal was dropped from the agenda for a Wednesday meeting, said a spokeswoman for Martin. Democrats on the commission oppose the plan that would force cable operators to carry additional digital channels from a broadcaster.

So far, the FCC only requires cable companies to carry a broadcaster's primary signal.

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