Martin to Attend Cable Show

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin will speak at the National Cable & Telecommunication Association’s convention, The Cable Show, in Las Vegas Monday, May 7, the trade association said Monday.

Martin -- who has irritated the cable industry by advocating a la carte sale of programming services, among other moves -- skipped this week’s National Association of Broadcasters’ convention in Las Vegas because of schedule conflicts. He’s scheduled to testify before a House Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday, officials said last week.

Martin has denied an anti-cable bias.

The FCC head recently circulated within the agency a new proposal that would enable TV stations to demand both analog and digital carriage of their signals beginning in early 2009, Multichannel News reported last week. The NCTA's initial response to that approach was strongly negative.

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