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FCC Releases Report on Video Competition

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 00:45:08 -0500

By DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writer

KELLER, Texas (AP) -- Cable company revenues rose faster than
inflation last year, but cable's share of the TV-viewing market
declined as satellite services gained ground, the Federal
Communications Commission said in a report released Friday.

The FCC's annual report on competition among video providers found
that cable's revenues rose about 10.8 percent over the year through
June 2005.

It also found that the number of cable households fell by nearly 1
million, and cable's share of households with something more than an
antenna fell to 69.4 percent from 71.6 percent a year earlier. At the
same time, satellite TV's share of those households rose to 27.7
percent from 25.1 percent.

The FCC didn't indicate how much cable rates rose, but Commissioner
Michael Copps said they were too high. "Consumers are feeling the pain
and paying the cost and not liking it," Copps said during a
hearing. He added that the FCC doesn't fully understand the reasons
for the increases.


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