At the American Cable Association’s Summit today, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced his desire to grant relief for small cable systems from the requirement to carry an HD signal. He said, "If your system is smaller than 552 MHz you will continue to serve your customers the same way you do today. As long as the signal is viewable to all subscribers, you will be able to downcast the digital signal the same way you do today."

"The Chairman and the Commission have done the right thing for small cable operators, the independent cable industry, and the communities they serve, and it is very much appreciated," ACA President and CEO Matthew Polka said in a statement.

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Maine A la Carte Case Dies

Maine is no longer fighting to enact a law that would force cable operators to make video channels (and individual programs) available to consumers on an a la carte basis.

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