Four MSOs Keeping After News-Hughes


A group of cable companies that includes Cox Communications Inc. continues to
warn that News Corp.'s control of DirecTV Inc. will drive cable rates higher due
to the market leverage gained by combining a major broadcast-station owner and
the largest direct-broadcast satellite company.

In an Aug. 4 filing, Cox told the Federal Communications Commission that if
cable companies don't agree to pay more for access to Fox TV stations and
regional sports networks, News Corp. will injure the cable companies by making
the "must-have" programming available to DirecTV.

Cox was joined in the filing by Advance/Newhouse Communications, Cable One
Inc. and Insight Communications Co. Inc.

The MSOs called on the FCC to adopt "target conditions" to avert threats to
consumer welfare.