FCC to probe pricing policies of cable, Verizon

November 4, 2008 12:10:18 PM PST
The Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into the pricing policies of major cable operators and Verizon Communications Inc. Cable companies the agency plans to look into include Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Bright House Networks, Suddenlink Communications, Bend Cable Communications, GCI Company, Harron Entertainment and RCN Corp., according to a letter the agency sent pay-TV operators Oct. 30.

At issue is the companies' practice of moving analog channels into digital tiers to free up bandwidth for other uses, such as high-definition channels. Analog customers will have to rent a digital set-top box from the operator or buy the digital TV plan to watch those channels.

Verizon offers services that compete cable company offerings.

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