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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

FCC Issues Study on Horizontal Concentration in the Cable Industry with Data Quality Implications
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a study examining the extent to which different levels of horizontal concentration among multichannel video program distributors might affect the flow of video programming to consumers. This study, utilizing experimental economics, was designed to supplement an ongoing FCC rulemaking proceeding, examining, among other things, the subscriber (horizontal ownership) limits that apply to cable operators. CRE believes that this study, based upon experimental economics, could have a significant impact on FCC regulatory activities, and consequently, it is subject to the Data Quality Act guidelines. CRE is considering conducting a review of this document to determine whether it complies with the Data Quality guidelines.

  • Click to read FCC's first Public Notice (6/3/02)
  • Click to read FCC's second Public Notice (7/3/02)
  • Click to read FCC's Working Paper on Horizontal Competition in the Cable Industry
  • Click to view Attachment 1
  • Click to view Attachment 2
  • Click to view Attachment 3
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