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Dissenters wanted safeguards in return for higher cable equity in analog channels

News | 08/30/2001 4:00 am EDT

Two CRTC commissioners who voted against higher cable ownership of analog specialty channels say the regulator should have demanded tougher safeguards and ownership limits in return for its approval. While the vote to allow cable operators and their affiliates to increase equity levels beyond 10 per cent wasn't close, according to one insider, it did prompt commissioner Andrew Cardozo to pen a strongly worded dissent criticizing his fellow commissioners for giving the cable industry exactly what it wanted, without demanding anything in return.

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