Cable Ownership Back in FCC Bureau


The effort at the Federal Communications Commission to draft new
cable-ownership rules has hit a snag.

For several months, FCC chairman Michael Powell has been reviewing ownership
proposals prepared by the staff in the Media Bureau. But Powell recently shipped
the proposals back to the bureau for more work, an agency source said

The FCC went to work on new cable-ownership rules a few months after a panel
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the old rules in
March 2001.

The prior rules limited a cable company to serving no more than 30% of pay TV
subscribers nationally. An FCC source recently said that the bureau's new rules
included a percentage cap, but the source was not more