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12/16/2005 7:00 PM Eastern

Pols: Study Net Contracts

Washington — Nine members of the House committee that oversees the cable industry want the Federal Communications Commission to determine whether program contract conditions contribute to rising retail cable rates and packaging of family oriented programming with racy content.

The House members — seven Republicans and two Democrats from the Energy and Commerce Committee — asked FCC chairman Kevin Martin in a Dec. 12 letter to “investigate whether today's market structure provides consumers with the best mechanism possible to satisfy their ability to protect their families from objectionable content as well as to help control the prices they pay.”

Carnes Hired at NCTA

Washington — Bruce M. Carnes has joined the National Cable & Telecommunications Association as senior vice president, finance and administration. He had been chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Energy.

At the NCTA, he will oversee the trade group's newly created finance and administration department, responsible for accounting, human resources, information technology and building services.

Carnes reports to CEO Kyle McSlarrow.

Harold Joins FCC Staff

Washington — Rosemary Harold, an attorney formerly with the firm Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP, has been named deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau, which oversees the cable, broadcasting and satellite-TV industries.

Harold, who received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, is a former Miami Herald reporter from 1984-87 and editorial coordinator at C-SPAN, the cable-created public-affairs network, from 1987-89. She joined the FCC Dec. 12.

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