FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 1996
The FCC has done the right thing for consumers and programmers with its order on open video systems. The rules adopted by the commission faithfully follow the spirit and intent of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. These rules will give Bell Atlantic and other competitors for video services an alternative to providing traditional "closed" cable systems. Open video systems can offer a richness of opportunity for existing and new programmers as well as consumers, who could enjoy more choices in who provides their video services.
We're pleased with the direction in which the FCC is currently headed on open video systems, and we hope the "Cable Guys" won't stand in the way of increased competition and consumer choice.
- Shannon Fioravanti, 703-974-5455
Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562