FCC, cable TV debate "70/70"

The National Cable TV Association is disputing the Federal Communications Commission's assertion the cable TV industry has passed the "70/70" threshold, which refers to networks passing 70% of U.S. households, and 70% of households subscribing to cable TV. Meanwhile, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the FCC's claim is based on figures from independent research, but revealed few other details.

A few percentage points here and there could mean the difference between sweeping changes in cable TV regulation at a time when traditional cable players are under great pressure from telco and satellite competitors. Still, it's likely that for every researcher who says cable TV has crossed the 70/70 line, you will find one who disputes that measurement.

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