The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has rejected a new
digital-television-transition proposal advanced by public-television
The public-television groups, among other things, called for cable carriage
of all analog- and digital-TV signals provided that those channels did not
occupy more than 28 percent of a cable system's capacity.
The NCTA -- which is adamantly opposed to a dual-carriage mandate -- stated
its opposition to the public-TV plan in a letter Thursday to Federal
Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell.
"The public-TV entities' dual-must-carry proposal would simply impose new
costs on cable operators, programmers and, especially, customers, without any
benefits to the digital transition," wrote Daniel Brenner, the NCTA's senior
vice president of law and regulatory policy.