FCC OKs Digital Carriage Order, but Details Slim

The Federal Communications Commission reported that an item pertaining to carriage of digital broadcast signals by satellite TV services was adopted by commissioners Wednesday. However, details of the order concerning the move were not available as of press time.

The item was deleted from the FCC's agenda for its open meeting Wednesday. In a statement, the agency said commissioners approved the item before the meeting, though further information was not available from the FCC about specifics in the order.

A proposal has been floated at the FCC that would require DBS services to carry all local HD signals for markets they choose to offer local HD broadcast service. Both DISH Network and DIRECTV have offered to carry local HD signals for the markets they serve on a phased-in basis, hoping to cover any markets they serve with high-def stations within a four-year time period.