FCC drops digital must-carry plan

Martin couldn't gain majority for rules proposal

The Federal Communications Commission won’t consider so-called multicast must-carry rules this week because chairman Kevin Martin couldn’t garner a majority in support.

The proposal was dropped from the agenda for a Wednesday meeting, said a spokeswoman for Martin. Democrats on the commission oppose the plan that would force cable operators to carry additional digital channels from a broadcaster.

So far, the FCC only requires cable companies to carry a broadcaster’s primary signal.

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