"The FCC's report reaffirms that competitive alternatives to cable continue to enjoy rapid growth with non-cable multichannel video subscribers growing from 16.7 million to 19.3 million between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001, an increase of more than 15 percent. This compares to cable growth from 67.7 million to 69 million subscribers or about 1.9 percent, during the same period. The FCC's report clearly shows that consumers have choices in the market for subscription video services and are exercising them."

"The FCC's report shows as well that cable price increases tracked closely to inflation last year despite substantial capital expenditures for system upgrades and greater than inflationary increases in programming costs. Citing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the FCC reported that cable prices rose just one percent faster than inflation, 4.24 percent compared to a 3.25 percent increase in the general consumer price index, for the period July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001."

Link to the FCC's Press Release.