Northpoint Attacks Must-Carry Case

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WASHINGTON-Northpoint Technology Ltd. on Friday criticized the direct-broadcast satellite industry for going to court to overturn the law that requires carriage of all local TV signals in a given market starting Jan. 1, 2002

Northpoint, which is seeking Federal Communications Commission approval to share DBS spectrum to provide local-TV signals in all 210 markets, said the DBS industry had "turned its back" on a deal with Congress that included authorization to provide local-TV signals in exchange for full must-carry in a few years.

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