FCC meets closed to cablers

The Cable Telecommunications Assn. has offered to help pay for meeting sites when the FCC conducts a series of seminars nationally to explain cable TV rate regulations to consumer groups and local officials.

But there’s a catch: The trade org for small and independent cable operators wants the Federal Communications Commission to allow cable industry execs to attend the sessions.

The FCC answer: Thanks, but no thanks.

An FCC spokeswoman says the seminars are designed for municipal officers and consumer groups. “This is absolutely not an intent to freeze anyone out (of the meetings),” she said, noting that media representatives are invited to attend.

The FCC hopes to have similar meetings with cable industry representatives, according to the agency spokeswoman.

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