FCC Tees Up Video Competition Report

Also Schedules Revamp of E-Rate for July Meeting

The FCC will issue its annual report on the state of video competition at the July public meeting, according to the commission's agenda, released Friday.

That will put the FCC back on track for the annual assessment. Last year's report actually covered 2007-2010 after the FCC had to delay and reissue requests for information.

Cable operators will be hoping for a conclusion that the marketplace is sufficiently competitive to justify revisiting current regulations.

Last year's report pointed out that cable operators account for less than 60% of all MVPD subs, down from 65% in 2006. But while video sub counts have been falling, says the FCC, MVPDs have still done well by increasing sales of phone and Internet.

Also on the agenda are a report on the status of its implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications & video Accessibility Act (CVAA), its long-telegraphed revamp of the E-rate program that subsidizes high-speed broadband to schools and libraries.

The President has recently made E-Rate one of the priorities of his broadband depolyment push.