Add small op CMA to the list of cable companies dealing with life after Hurricane Katrina. The 6K-sub system in Belle Chasse/Buras, LA, traditionally has been among CMA’s prized assets. VP Dave Beasley says the area is so far south of New Orleans that it’s been difficult to get information. "We are all just numb right now," he says. "Intellectually, we have always been aware that New Orleans is a low-lying area prone to hurricanes, etc … but that doesn’t stop you from investing and building a business … at least it never had until now." — NCTC is encouraging members to contact it ASAP so it can help coordinate rebuilding efforts with vendors. — Charter accounted for the majority of its Slidell, LA, employees yesterday and so far all are well. It distributed media announcements asking for info about employees it has yet to reach. Initial reports indicate the headend and office in Slidell are in relatively good condition. — The FCC is lending a hand, noting it will expedite requests for temporary facilities or modifications for multichannel video providers, TV stations and radio broadcasters hit by the storm. The idea is to get cable providers and broadcasters up as quickly as possible. The FCC also is extending the regulatory fee filing window for those affected by Katrina to Sept 28 from Sept 7.

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