LAPA Leased Access Programmers Association

How Cozy!

How Cozy!

f you’re a LAPer (leased access programmer) or ‘wanna-be’, LAPer then it may be wise for you to be aware of how FCC treats those that try to exercise the right to this ‘genuine outlet’ for local cable TV carriage as intended by Congress.

Recently NCTA (the national cable TV association) had its annual convention in Los Angeles and the following was on their website.

On C-SPAN 2 Tonight: Kyle McSlarrow's (President & CEO, NCTA) conversation with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski airs tonight on C-SPAN2 at 8pm EST/5pm PST.

Now compare this ‘conversation’ with how FCC responded when I emailed a request as president of the national Leased Access Programmers Association. I asked, “When is FCC going to revisit the now 'stayed' new leased access rules or is the commission simply going to do nothing?” The response I got was not a sit down on TV with the FCC Chairman but instead: “As you may know, agenda items are announced one week prior to the Commission meeting date and can be viewed from that time on at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296775A1.pdf.”

I had posed one other question that should have an answer readily available to any asking whether it is from a leased access user or cable operator. I asked, “How can users or prospective users of leased access find out specific rules regarding 'same type' technical services for delivering content. Will wireless broadband (basically through the air signals) be treated equally as other 'through the air" techniques such as VHF-UHF, Satellite or standard analog Microwave?How will the court ruling on Comcast and Internet managing effect our ability to have live shows on a channel were we use IPTV and the Internet to deliver the signal?

The response I got to this was: The information can be found at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2009-title47-vol4/pdf/CFR-2009-title47-vol4-part76.pdf.

Of course this is a far cry from any responsible discussion; it is simply opens a website to the page with 47 CFR Ch. I (10–1–09 Edition)

But wait, as long ago as 2007, FCC was far more professional when they answered a similar question posed by an attorney.

Check out at http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1997/da971074.txt. You should note they actually gave an answer. Now go back and read again the type answer I got.