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Short Take: 'Digital must carry' could cost $12 billion, study shows

Cable operators could lose $12 billion in new revenue by 2004 if the FCC enforces so-called digital must carry laws too soon, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. Operators must now carry the analog signals of local broadcasters, but are opposed to carrying their digital signals. Cable companies are using digital television compression to carry up to 12 times as many channels, thus increasing TV revenue and expanding capacity for high-speed Internet.

Cable operators could lose $12 billion in new revenue by 2004 if the FCC enforces so-called digital must carry laws too soon, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. Operators must now carry the analog signals of local broadcasters, but are opposed to carrying their digital signals. Cable companies are using digital television compression to carry up to 12 times as many channels, thus increasing TV revenue and expanding capacity for high-speed Internet.