FCC Programming Study Due

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Washington -- The Federal Communications Commission is
planning to release the results of a programming-cost survey of the top six MSOs, possibly
as soon as this week.

An FCC source said last week that the results contain
"no surprises." FCC Cable Services Bureau chief Deborah Lathen gave the same
response weeks ago.

The survey was conducted in part to determine to what
extent programming costs have been driving increases in retail cable rates.

FCC sources said the survey was also intended to learn
whether cable operators circumvented FCC price caps by burying subscriber rate increases
in the programming fees charged by affiliated networks. Under FCC rules, programming-fee
increases can be recovered from subscribers.

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