FCC offering Rereg 101 for confused cablers

Befuddled cable operators, take note: The FCC plans a tutorial May 13 to explain the staggeringly complex rate regulation decision released this week.

The session, which begins at 3 p.m., will be broadcast on a microwave system that carries regular FCC meetings.

Videotapes will be available for those unable to attend.

The FCC on Monday unveiled a 465-page report — replete with more than 1,400 footnotes — that is designed to let cable operators know whether they will be required to roll back cablerates.

Cable watchers believe it may take weeks to decipher the FCC document to a point where it’s clear which cable oxes are gored and which are exempt from rate rollbacks.

Meanwhile, the National Assn. of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors Wednesday warned that the sheer complexity of the FCC ratemaking guidelines may lead to cities’ simply declining to participate in the regulation of cable rates.

Under the FCC rules, cities must be certified by the FCC before basic cable rates can be regulated.

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