Martin’s Must-Carry Plan on Hold

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin is not expected to revive his digital-TV-carriage proposal in time for the agency’s Aug. 4 public meeting, an FCC source said Tuesday.

Martin’s proposal would have allowed TV stations to elect mandatory carriage of either analog or digital signals. Major cable operators called it back-door dual must-carry and protested changing current rules that do not permit must-carry for digital signals.

Rather than advancing the carriage issue, Martin has decide to use the Aug. 4 session to launch the agency’s annual examination the state of competition in the video-programming market, an FCC source said.

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