Small cablers seek relief from FCC regs

Cable TV trade organizations are pressing the Federal Communications Commission for relief for small cable operators from new rules that stem from Congress’ passage of the 1992 Cable Act.

“We urge the commission to take actions to alleviate unnecessary burdens on these operators,” the trade orgs said in a letter sent Tuesday to the FCC.

The letter was sent by reps of the National Cable Television Assn., the Community Antenna Television Assn., the Coalition of Small System Operators and the new Small Cable Business Assn.

The groups asked the FCC to allow small cablers to justify rates based on a “simplified net income analysis” rather than the FCC’s staggeringly complex “benchmark” pricing scheme.

Under the net income analysis, “A simple comparison of total system revenues to operating expenses, depreciation and interest expenses for some specified prior period would demonstrate whether the system’s current rates require any further examination.”

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