STATEMENT OF JILL LUCKETT, NCTA VP OF PROGRAM NETWORK POLICY IN RESPONSE TO NEW PUBLIC TV CARRIAGE PROPOSAL FILED TODAY WITH FCC


“We have not had an opportunity to review APTS’ latest dual must carry proposal but would point out that cable operators are voluntarily carrying public TV stations’ digital signals in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis- St. Paul, San Diego, Omaha, and Washington, D.C. among others. The reality is the cable channel capacity is tight, even on upgraded systems. Cable operators already provide every one of their customers with analog versions of public television stations in their markets – including, in many markets, multiple public TV stations.” <