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FCC Grants TWC Effective Competition Requests

The FCC has agreed to deregulate basic cable
rates in a dozen markets in Ohio and California where Time Warner
Cable has demonstrated effective competition.

FCC said TWC had met the threshold showing of competition from satellite
operators Dish and DirecTV, including that at least half the households in each
market could receive the competing services and at least 15% of the households
in the market subscribed to other than the dominant service.

FCC presumes a market is not competitive until an MVPD can demonstrate that it

systems are in Bradbury, Calif., and 11 Ohio franchise areas.