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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).
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTS PUBLIC INTEREST OBLIGATIONS FOR DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE SERVICE
Today the Commission has adopted rules implementing Section 25 of the Cable
Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, which imposed certain public
interest obligations on direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers. The statute requires DBS
service providers to set aside a percentage of channel capacity for non-commercial
programming of an educational or informational nature.|
In implementing these public interest obligations, the Commission has ensured real benefits for the American consumer, while creating workable rules for industry. In carrying out Congress's mandate, the Commission balanced two very important goals -- providing DBS subscribers access to a greater diversity of noncommercial, educational programming, and providing flexible rules for an industry that promises to provide significant competition to cable television.
As a result, the FCC anticipates that a wide variety of programming could soon become available on DBS systems -- distance learning programs produced for all ages, major university research projects shared nationwide, and health applications developed for rural America -- to name only a few.
News Media contact: Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0500.