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Multicasting

Martin’s multicast plan: Oh, the enthusiasm

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s plan to give cable subscribers additional channels from local broadcasters fell off the commission’s agenda this week. But it may pop up again at the FCC’s December 18 public meeting, according to an AP report.

Martin promoted the idea that minority- and women-owned businesses (among others) would be able to lease DTV multicast channels from station owners. But a dozen Congressional Democrats, in a letter to the chairman, expressed skepticism:

“You have presented no evidence to support your assertion that multicast must-carry would promote program diversity and increase programming choices.”

Republican Martin would likely need support from his Democratic colleagues to enact multicast must-carry. But Democrat Michael Copps, who acknowledges ownership diversity as an urgent issue, suggested this week that the chairman was trying to ram the measure through.

Multicast must-carry plan on FCC’s agenda

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Analog cable: Martin plan protects local stations

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Cable’s coupon alternative: Astroturf, anyone?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

DTV channels will move, even if we don’t

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Newspaper confirms existence of HDTV

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Cable TV: More PBS channels in more homes

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Let’s avoid that digital TV ‘train wreck’

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

What if broadcasters stopped broadcasting?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Motorola absent from DTV converter box market

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

ABC’s new scheme to waste spectrum

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Copps urges local, diverse DTV multicasting

Friday, June 29th, 2007