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                           Before the
                Federal Communications Commission
                     Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of                )
                                )
Southeast Cable TV, Inc.        )    File No. EB-02-TS-443
                                )
Operator of Cables Systems in:  )
                                )    
Dekle, Florida                  )
Hosford, Florida                )
White Springs, Florida          )
Boston, Georgia                 )
Coolidge, Georgia               )
Ochlocknee, Georgia             )
Pavo, Georgia                   )
                                )
                                )
Request for Waiver of Section 11.11(a) of the     )    
Commission's Rules              )    
                                        
                              ORDER 

Adopted:  July 7, 2003                  Released:  July 10, 2003

By the Chief, Technical  and Public Safety Division,  Enforcement 
Bureau:

1.        In this  Order,  we  grant Southeast  Cable  TV,  Inc., 
  (``Southeast Cable'')  temporary, 36-month  waivers of  Section 
  11.11(a) of  the Commission's Rules  (``Rules'') for the  seven 
  above-captioned  cable television  systems.   Section  11.11(a) 
  requires  cable systems  serving fewer  than 5,000  subscribers 
  from  a headend  to  either provide  national  level  Emergency 
  Alert System (``EAS'')  messages on all programmed channels  or 
  install EAS equipment  and provide a video interrupt and  audio 
  alert  on all  programmed  channels  and EAS  audio  and  video 
  messages  on at  least one  programmed  channel by  October  1, 
  2002.1

2.        The Cable Act of 1992  added new Section 624(g) to  the 
  Communications  Act  of 1934  (``Act''),  which  requires  that 
  cable  systems be  capable of  providing  EAS alerts  to  their 
  subscribers.2  In 1994, the Commission adopted rules  requiring 
  cable systems to participate in EAS.3  In 1997, the  Commission 
  amended the  EAS rules  to provide financial  relief for  small 
  cable systems.4  The Commission declined to exempt small  cable 
  systems  from the  EAS requirements,  concluding that  such  an 
  exemption would be  inconsistent with the statutory mandate  of 
  Section  624(g).5    However,  the   Commission  extended   the 
  deadline   for  cable   systems  serving   fewer  than   10,000 
  subscribers to  begin complying with the  EAS rules to  October 
  1, 2002,  and provided cable systems  serving fewer than  5,000 
  subscribers the option  of either providing national level  EAS 
  messages  on   all  programmed  channels   or  installing   EAS 
  equipment and  providing a video interrupt  and audio alert  on 
  all programmed channels and EAS audio and video messages on  at 
  least  one programmed  channel.6  In  addition, the  Commission 
  stated that  it would grant waivers of  the EAS rules to  small 
  cable  systems  on  a case-by-case  basis  upon  a  showing  of 
  financial  hardship.7   The Commission  indicated  that  waiver 
  requests must contain at least the following information:   (1) 
  justification for the waiver, with reference to the  particular 
  rule sections  for which  a waiver is  sought; (2)  information 
  about the financial status of the requesting entity, such as  a 
  balance sheet and  income statement for the two previous  years 
  (audited, if possible);  (3) the number of other entities  that 
  serve the  requesting entity's coverage area  and that have  or 
  are expected to  install EAS equipment; and (4) the  likelihood 
  (such  as proximity  or frequency)  of hazardous  risks to  the 
  requesting entity's audience.8

3.        Southeast Cable filed a request for temporary, 36-month 
  waivers  of Section  11.11(a)  for the  seven  captioned  cable 
  systems on August 29, 2002.  In support of its waiver  request, 
  Southeast Cable states that these are seven small, rural  cable 
  systems which serve between 124 and 382 subscribers.  Based  on 
  price   quotes  provided   by  EAS   equipment   manufacturers, 
  Southeast  Cable  estimates  that it  would  cost  a  total  of 
  approximately  $  70,000 to  install  EAS  equipment  at  these 
  systems.  Southeast Cable asserts that this cost will impose  a 
  substantial  financial hardship  on it  and provides  financial 
  statements for 2000 and 2001 in support of this assertion.   In 
  addition,  Southeast Cable  submits that  its subscribers  will 
  continue to have ready access to national EAS information  from 
  other sources,  including its cable  systems.  In this  regard, 
  Southeast  Cable  notes that  its  subscribers  currently  have 
  access to national EAS  messages on at least 41 percent of  all 
  programmed channels.  Southeast Cable further submits that  its 
  subscribers will have  access to EAS information through  over-
  the-air reception of broadcast television and radio stations.  

4.        Based upon our review of  the financial data and  other 
  information  submitted by  Southeast  Cable, we  conclude  that 
  temporary, 36-month waivers  of Section 11.11(a) for the  seven   
  captioned  cable systems  are  warranted.9  In  particular,  we 
  find  that the  estimated $70,000  cost  of EAS  equipment  for 
  these small cable systems could impose a financial hardship  on 
  Southeast Cable.  

5.        We note that  the Commission recently  amended the  EAS 
  rules  to  permit  cable  systems  serving  fewer  than   5,000 
  subscribers  to   install  FCC-certified  decoder-only   units, 
  rather  than both  encoders  and  decoders, if  such  a  device 
  becomes  available.10    Based  on   comments  from   equipment 
  manufacturers, we  anticipate that such  a decoder-only  system 
  could  result  in  significant  cost  savings  to  small  cable 
  systems.11  

6.        Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED  that, pursuant to  Sections 
  0.111, 0.204(b) and  0.311 of the Rules,12 Southeast Cable  TV, 
  Inc.  IS GRANTED  a waiver  of Section  11.11(a) of  the  Rules 
  until  October   1,  2005   for   the  seven  captioned   cable 
  television systems.

7.        IT IS  FURTHER ORDERED  that Southeast  Cable TV,  Inc. 
  place a copy of this waiver in its system files.

8.        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that  a copy of this Order  shall 
  be sent by  Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested to  counsel 
  for Southeast  Cable TV, Inc.,  Christopher C. Cinnamon,  Esq., 
  Cinnamon  Mueller,  307  North  Michigan  Avenue,  Suite  1020, 
  Chicago, Illinois 60601.  

                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                         


                         Joseph P. Casey
                         Chief, Technical and Public Safety 
Division
                         Enforcement Bureau
_________________________

  1 47 C.F.R.  11.11(a).

  2 Cable Television  Consumer Protection and Competition Act  of 
1992, Pub. L. No. 102-385,  16(b), 106 Stat. 1460, 1490  (1992).  
Section 624(g) provides that  ``each cable operator shall  comply 
with such standards as the  Commission shall prescribe to  ensure 
that viewers of video programming  on cable systems are  afforded 
the same emergency  information as is  afforded by the  emergency 
broadcasting system pursuant to Commission regulations ....''  47 
U.S.C.  544(g).  

  3 Amendment  of Part 73, Subpart  G, of the Commission's  Rules 
Regarding the Emergency  Broadcast System, Report  and Order  and 
Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making, FO Docket Nos. 91-171/91-
301, 10  FCC  Rcd  1786  (1994)  (``First  Report  and  Order''), 
reconsideration granted in part, denied in part, 10 FCC Rcd 11494 
(1995).

  4 Amendment  of Part 73, Subpart  G, of the Commission's  Rules 
Regarding the  Emergency  Broadcast  System,  Second  Report  and 
Order, FO  Docket Nos.  91-171/91-301, 12  FCC Rcd  15503  (1997) 
(``Second Report and Order'').

  5 Id. at 15512-13.

  6 Id. at 15516-15518.

  7 Id. at 15513.

  8 Id. at 15513, n. 59.

  9 The waivers will  extend from October 1, 2002, until  October 
1, 2005.    We clarify  that  the waivers  we are  granting  also 
encompass the EAS testing and monitoring requirements.  

  10 Amendment  of Part  11 of the  Commission's Rules  Regarding 
the Emergency Alert System,  EB Docket 01-66, FCC  02-64 at   71 
(released February 26, 2002).

  11 One manufacturer  estimated that an EAS decoder-only  system 
can reduce the cost by 64% over what a cable operator would spend 
for an encoder/decoder unit.  Id. at  70.

  12 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.204(b) and 0.311.