Washington -- Federal Communications Commission chairman
William Kennard has assigned cable-television issues in his office to Susan Fox, who is
also his senior legal adviser on radio and broadcast television.
Fox took over for Tom Power, who had been doubling as
Kennard's cable and common-carrier adviser. Power, a former top aide in the Cable
Services Bureau, will continue as Kennard's top phone-regulation adviser.
In her new role, Fox is shepherding the FCC's effort
to collect programming-cost information from cable operators, as well as data on
advertising revenue, home shopping commissions and launch fees.
FCC sources have said that Kennard is interested in seeing
whether programmer payments to operators should be used to offset programming-cost
increases as a way of curtailing cable-rate hikes at the subscriber level.
Fox, who worked with Kennard when he was the FCC's
general counsel, is positioned to be one of the key players in Kennard's office for
the upcoming digital TV must-carry debate.