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Dissatisfied Martin threatens fines for cable

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 7:40am
Brian Santo

Several cable companies could be subject to fines for their pricing practices leading up to the digital transition, according to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin.

Kevin Martin
FCC Chairman
Kevin Martin

The FCC had previously asked several MSOs for pricing information, which the Commission intended to rely on to make a determination if cable operators have been unfairly charging people for services as they shuffle channel lineups in advance of the digital transition.

Martin said that several MSOs failed to provide adequate information, but the only MSO he singled out was Comcast, according to The Wall Street Journal and other news sources. 

“They didn't even answer the questions directly. They had a narrative," Martin was reported to have said about Comcast’s response.

The MSOs the FCC considers to have provided inadequate responses could be subject to fines, Martin said.

Consumer groups and some individuals have been complaining that some service providers are either increasing prices, or are requiring subscribers to lease boxes to receive fewer channels, all in preparation for the digital transition.

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