FCC Approves San Francisco OVS


Washington -- The Federal Communications Commission
approved an open-video-system application last Monday (July 13) by Digital Broadcasting
OVS to serve San Francisco and 43 other Bay-area communities, despite objections by the
city and by the state's cable association.

The FCC, in a decision by the Cable Services Bureau, held
that Digital Broadcasting's application was sufficient to allow it to begin offering
competitive multichannel-video service.

Digital Broadcasting said it plans to offer 500 6-megahertz
digital channels.

The California Cable Television Association
claimed that Digital Broadcasting's application should be rejected because it had no
intention of serving all of the communities that it listed.

The city of San Francisco raised constitutional issues with
the FCC, saying that Digital Broadcasting's FCC-granted authority to occupy city
rights of way constituted a taking of property.