Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Commerce Committee in
January, intends to examine cable rates as part of broad look at the
communications industry's ownership structure and financial health.
McCain, who has complained about rising nominal cable rates, asked the
General Accounting Office in April to investigate why cable rates have been
rising faster than the Consumer Price Index. The GAO is the investigative arm of
McCain spokeswoman Pia Pialorsi said the senator is not expecting to receive
the GAO's findings until next year.
McCain released his legislative agenda late Thursday with the proviso that
some items were tentative.
Nevertheless, he indicated interest in reviewing media consolidation,
broadband deployment, the digital-television transition and free airtime for