FCC Fines Charter for Signal Leakage

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Charter Communications Inc. was fined $20,000 for violating federal rules on
signal leakage from cable plant, the Federal Communications Commission said
Wednesday.

The FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued the fine after investigating signal
leakage at a Charter system in Burlington, Colo., over several days in April
2001.

Charter sought to reduce the fine, arguing that the system had just been
acquired and was in poor condition. But the FCC refused to cut the fine, saying
Charter's signal-leakage problems represented 'willful and repeated' violations
of agency rules.

Charter has 30 days to pay the fine.

The FCC monitors cable-signal leakage. Signals that escape cable plant can
interfere with communications between airplanes and flight-traffic
controllers.

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