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Any Ideas when Significantly Viewed Channels will start to Surface?


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#1 OFFLINE   Msguy

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 01:17 PM

I have posted on other threads that it might be March or so when Direc Tv and Dish Network start to offer significantly viewed channels. Is there any chance these channels will be offered sooner than my prediction? Anyone with any insight or response will be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year to you all! :)

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 04:12 PM

Nope. The whole process starts when the FCC publishes their list within 60 days of enactment. If E* or D* decided on that very day to offer a certain station as Significantly Viewed they have to give 60 days notice before turning it on. That puts us into March easily, and probably in to late March.

If the FCC publishes their list quickly (and I predict they will) it will be mid-march. Perfect for D*'s rate increase. :)

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Posted 01 January 2005 - 04:47 PM

The FCC is required to publish a list of significantly viewed station by community within 60 days of the law being enacted. But, here is the confusing part. They must also begin "a rulemaking proceeding to implement this section by publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking." Here is the kicker, adopt such rules "within one year after such date of enactment." WHAT RULEMAKING AND WHY DO THEY HAVE A YEAR TO ADOPT?

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Posted 01 January 2005 - 05:55 PM

The passed bill now signed in to law changed US Code, the FCC operates under the Code of Federal Regulations. The FCC needs to change the CFR text to jive with the USC text. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE IDENTICAL but it does have to be non-contradictory.

Since the US Code was changed to require the FCC to provide the list "within 60 days of enactment" of the USC section, not having the rules changed in the CFR will not initially slow down progress on getting Significantly Viewed channels running. Some things may get polished one way or another when the FCC does get to their rulemaking procedings. Anything that is vague in the USC will be debated in the rulemaking process.

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