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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

November 29, 1999
Michelle Russo: (202) 418-2358 or mrusso@fcc.gov

Statement of FCC Chairman William E. Kennard On New Satellite Home Viewer Act (SHVA)
Passed by Congress and Signed by the President Today

We will aggressively implement the new Satellite Home Viewer Act so that consumers have viable alternatives to cable. I was concerned to read reports this week that several large cable television companies announced significant rate increases.

Since Congress eliminated the FCC's ability to regulate cable rates, competition remains our best hope of combating rate increases. This law is designed to keep cable rates in check by making satellite a real choice for consumers.

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