In the March Cable & Telecom Commission minutes it states, "Mr. Miller addressed the following issues: ...Status of Richmond local channels - Marketing has no plans to bring local programming from the Richmond area and broadcast it to Spotsylvania or any other franchises."
I just don't understand why Verizon would not wish to at least match the current Comcast/Adelphia lineup of providing WRIC (ABC), WTVR (CBS), and WWBT (NBC)...especially since so many area residents drive south to the capitol city of Richmond?
Additionally, why is Comcast/Adelphia permitted to provide the three Richmond area locals above, when the FCC's list of Significantly Viewed Stations
, page 435, only permits WTVR (CBS) and WRLH (FOX) to be carried by MSO (cable or satellite) in Spotsylvania County? Am I reading this wrong or is Comcast/Adelphia violating 47 U.S.C 340(c)(2)?
Ok, I just read 340(c) which led me to read 534, 325(b) and 338. According to 534:
(C) Market determinations
(i) For purposes of this section, a broadcasting station's market shall be determined by the Commission by regulation or order using, where available, commercial publications which delineate television markets based on viewing patterns, except that, following a written request, the Commission may, with respect to a particular television broadcast station, include additional communities within its television market or exclude communities from such station's television market to better effectuate the purposes of this section. In considering such requests, the Commission may determine that particular communities are part of more than one television market.
(ii) In considering requests filed pursuant to clause (i), the Commission shall afford particular attention to the value of localism by taking into account such factors as
(I) whether the station, or other stations located in the same area, have been historically carried on the cable system or systems within such community;
(II) whether the television station provides coverage or other local service to such community;
(III) whether any other television station that is eligible to be carried by a cable system in such community in fulfillment of the requirements of this section provides news coverage of issues of concern to such community or provides carriage or coverage of sporting and other events of interest to the community; and
(IV) evidence of viewing patterns in cable and noncable households within the areas served by the cable system or systems in such community.
It is unfortunate that SV appears to mean different things for satellite and cable.