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

In the Matter of                )
                                )
Charter Communications, Inc.    )    File No. EB-03-TS-090
                                )
Operator of 153 Cable Systems in 24 States   )
                                )
Petition for Declaratory Relief and/or Waiver of       )    
the Commission's Emergency Alert System )    
Requirements for Cable Television Systems    )
                                         
                              ORDER 

Adopted:  July 21, 2004                 Released:  July 21, 2004

By the Director, Office of Homeland Security, Enforcement Bureau:

1.        In this Order, we grant Charter Communications, Inc. 
  (Charter) a temporary waiver of section 11.11(a) of the 
  Federal Communications Commission's (Commission) Rules for the 
  153 cable television systems in 24 states listed in Appendix 
  A.  Section 11.11(a) required that, no later than October 1, 
  2002, cable systems serving fewer than 5,000 subscribers from 
  a headend provide national level Emergency Alert System (EAS) 
  messages on all programmed channels, or provide such messages 
  on at least one programmed channel, with video interrupts and 
  audio alerts on all other programmed channels.1

2.        The Cable Act of 1992 added new section 624(g) to the 
  Communications Act of 1934, 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

3.        On August 14, 2002, Charter filed a petition for 
  declaratory relief and/or waiver seeking Commission approval 
  of an alternative means for approximately 146 small cable 
  systems that have digital transmission capability 
  (participating systems) to comply with the EAS rules.  
  Specifically, Charter requests that the Commission declare 
  that it can satisfy the EAS rules by using a satellite 
  communications system to deliver national EAS messages to the 
  participating systems and that it need not install a full set 
  of EAS equipment at each of the systems in order to receive 
  and retransmit the national EAS messages.  At the request of 
  the Enforcement Bureau, Charter supplemented its petition on 
  May 30, 2003 to provide additional background on testing and 
  monitoring, and again on December 8, 2003 to clarify that the 
  number of cable systems for which it was seeking relief was 
  153, not 146.  In May, 2004, Charter withdrew its request for 
  a declaratory ruling filing, asking rather that we treat its 
  petition as a timely filed (i.e., as of August 14, 2002) 
  request for a waiver of the requirement to install EAS 
  equipment at each of the subject small cable systems.8   

4.        Charter asserts that installing a full set of EAS 
  equipment at each of the participating systems would impose a 
  significant financial burden on the company.  In this regard, 
  Charter states that, using the Commission's estimated 
  equipment cost of $6,000 to $10,000 per system,9 the total 
  cost of EAS equipment for the participating systems would be 
  between $876,000 and $1,460,000.  Based on our review of the 
  information provided by Charter, we agree that Charter has 
  shown sufficient economic hardship to warrant temporary 
  waivers of section 11.11(a) of the Rules for the 153 cable 
  systems listed in Appendix A, and grant Charter a waiver of 
  these rules until October 1, 2005.10

5.        Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Sections 
  0.111, 0.204(b) and 0.311 of the Rules,11 Charter 
  Communications, Inc. IS GRANTED a waiver of Sections 11.11(a), 
  11.52(d) and 11.61 of the Rules as specified herein and the 
  request for a declaratory ruling IS DISMISSED AS MOOT because 
  it was withdrawn by Charter Communications, Inc.

6.        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Charter Communications, Inc. 
  place a copy of this waiver in its system files.

7.        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this Order shall 
  be sent by certified mail return receipt requested to counsel 
  for Charter Communications, Inc., Steven J. Horvitz, Esq., 
  Cole, Raywid & Braverman, L.L.P., 1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, 
  N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006.

                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                         


                         James A. Dailey
                         Director, Office of Homeland Security
                         Enforcement Bureau


                           Appendix A


Charter Communications, Inc. 
                                              
Cable System             All Temporary Waivers Granted Until     
PSID      
                         October 1, 2005          
Berry, Alabama                                         011361    
Cedar Bluff, Alabama                                        
008707         
Centerville, Alabama / Centerville, Tennessee                    
002280         
Centerville, Alabama / Centerville, Tennessee                    
008877
Cherokee, Alabama                                      000290    
Colombiana, Alabama                                         
002282
Curry, Alabama                                         015471
Double Springs, Alabama                                015472
Elgin, Alabama                                         006028
Gurley, Alabama                                        011236
Hackberry, Alabama                                     009809
Haleyville, Alabama                                         
000102
Heflin, Alabama                                        001131
Henegar, Alabama                                       003279
Hokes Bluff, Alabama                                        
010710
Lay Lake, Alabama                                      016682
Leighton, Alabama                                      009746    
Locust Fork, Alabama                                        
012037    
Oakman, Alabama                                        015473
Rainsville, Alabama                                         
008121
Southside, Alabama                                     010711
Thorsby, Alabama                                       009683
Trafford, Alabama                                      011965
West Blockton, Alabama                                 013995
Westover, Alabama                                      012036

Hardy, Arkansas                                        005387
Maumelle, Arkansas                                     003298

King City, California                                       
003172
Soledad, California                                         
008541

Julesburg, Colorado                                         
006734

Cusetta, Georgia                                       013366
Greenville, Georgia                                         
009208
Greenville, Georgia                                         
009238
Woodbury, Georgia                                      009239
Zebulon, Georgia                                       009237


Cable System             All Temporary Waivers Granted Until     
PSID
                         October 1, 2005
Anna, Illinois                                              
006881
Mount Carmel, Illinois                                      
005160

Fairfield, Indiana                                     000142
Fairfield, Indiana                                     002375
Hillsboro, Indiana / Hillsboro, West Virginia                    
003966
Hillsboro, Indiana / Hillsboro, West Virginia                    
007941
Mitchell, Indiana                                      002818
Mitchell, Indiana                                      014525

Black Mountain, Kentucky                               011453
Boyle, Kentucky                                        013473
Columbia, Kentucky                                     000001
Columbia, Kentucky                                     000033
Columbia, Kentucky                                     000292
Columbia, Kentucky                                     008186
Eolia, Kentucky                                             
008044
McKinney, Kentucky                                     002471
Wallins Creek, Kentucky                                007030 

Basile, Louisiana                                      008688
Cameron, Louisiana                                     009810
Cameron, Louisiana                                     020300
Esterwood, Louisiana                                        
012458
Ferriday, Louisiana                                         
000881
Iowa, Louisiana                                             
008691
Jonesville, Louisiana                                       
000886
Merryville, Louisiana                                       
011410
Olla, Louisiana                                             
007046

Crisfield, Maryland                                         
008138

Newberry, Michigan                                     001527
St. Ignace, Michigan                                        
001525

Babbitt, Minnesota                                     000926
Balaton, Minnesota                                     005803
Canby, Minnesota                                       004066
Ely, Minnesota                                              
004094
Glencoe, Minnesota                                     009817
Glencoe, Minnesota                                     013666
Montevideo, Minnesota                                       
003105
Tower, Minnesota                                       012093



Cable System             All Temporary Waivers Granted Until     
PSID
                         October 1, 2005
Belmont, Mississippi                                        
007212
Burnsville, Mississippi / Burnsville, West Virginia              
007200
Burnsville, Mississippi / Burnsville, West Virginia              
007644
Burnsville, Mississippi / Burnsville, West Virginia              
009286
Fayette, Mississippi                                        
010963

Bowling Green, Missouri / Bowling Green, Virginia                
002679
Bowling Green, Missouri / Bowling Green, Virginia                
004475
California, Missouri                                        
006046
El Dorado Springs, Missouri                                 
004085
Nevada, Missouri                                       001876
Potosi, Missouri                                       005593
Vandalia, Missouri                                     005549
Versailles, Missouri                                        
007197
West Plains, Missouri                                       
011635

Broken Bow, Nebraska                                        
002764
Chadron, Nebraska                                      028197
Gordon, Nebraska                                       028297
Mc Cook, Nebraska                                      002744

Gates, North Carolina                                       
014077
Kenly, North Carolina                                       
010955
Princeton, North Carolina                                   
010956
Troy, North Carolina                                        
001139
Troy, North Carolina                                        
004609
Troy, North Carolina                                        
005964
Troy, North Carolina                                        
010268

Haileyville, Oklahoma                                       
000427
Longtown, Oklahoma                                     010835
Verdigris, Oklahoma                                         
020304
Wilburton, Oklahoma                                         
020324

Myrtle Creek, Oregon                                        
000505

Iva, South Carolina                                         
008949

Clifton, Tennessee                                     014458
Flintville, Tennessee                                       
016358
Loretto, Tennessee                                     007713
McEwen, Tennessee                                      010512
Mountain City, Tennessee                                    
007708



Cable System             All Temporary Waivers Granted Until     
PSID
                         October 1, 2005
Ten Mile, Tennessee                                         
013378
Sneedville, Tennessee                                       
000387
Waynesboro, Tennessee                                  004080

Alvarado, Texas                                        009998
Bracketville, Texas                                    004381
Coleman, Texas                                         000740
Coleman, Texas                                         003442
Coleman, Texas                                         011665
Colorado City, Texas                                        
007759
Comanche, Texas                                        006418
Devine, Texas                                          010559
Haskell, Texas                                              
005418
Shiner, Texas                                          005244

Wills Point, Texas                                     012523

Accomack, Virginia                                     001804
Belle Haven, Virginia                                       
005659
Cape Charles, Virginia                                      
010579
Clarksville, Virginia                                       
007709
Clarksville, Virginia                                       
008497
Colonial Beach, Virginia                                    
001136
Damascus, Virginia                                     009491
Farmville, Virginia                                         
000532
Lawrenceville, Virginia                                     
000610
Lawrenceville, Virginia                                     
001135    
Tappahonnock, Virginia                                 002680
Warsaw, Virginia                                       003575
Warsaw, Virginia                                       003583
Warsaw, Virginia                                       006988

Ansted, West Virginia                                       
007967
Bellington, West Virginia                                   
002610
Dingess, West Virginia                                      
010596
Gassaway, West Virginia                                003194
Gilbert, West Virginia                                      
009595
Glenville, West Virginia                                    
007945
Grantsville, West Virginia                                  
000569
Harrisville, West Virginia                                  
000568
Harts, West Virginia                                        
009890
Jenkins, West Virginia                                      
000141
Matewan, West Virginia                                 010960
Page, West Virginia                                         
020285


Cable System             All Temporary Waivers Granted Until     
PSID
                         October 1, 2005
Richwood, West Virginia                                000389
Scarbro, West Virginia                                      
005732
Webster Springs, West Virginia                                   
002017

Lancaster, Wisconsin                                        
000622
Wautoma, Wisconsin                                     006013






_________________________

  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, 10 FCC Rcd 1786 (1994), 
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, 12 FCC Rcd 15503 (1997).

  5 Id. at 15512-13.

  6 Id. at 15516-15518.

  7 Id.at 15513.

  8 E-mail confirmation of agreement concerning this matter 
dated May 28, 2004.

  9 Second Report and Order, 12 FCC Rcd at 15515.

  10 As in past cases, this waiver also extends to the EAS 
monitoring and testing requirements.  We recognize that we do not 
reach the merits of Charter's proposal that its satellite system 
can substitute for the EAS system provided for in our rules.  We 
note that the Commission intends to initiate a proceeding in the 
near future to explore certain issues, including the application 
of EAS to digital and satellite technologies.  

  11 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.204(b) and 0.311.