Writing to House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA), National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Kyle McSlarrow disputed FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s claim that cable rates have doubled between 1995 and 2005, charging that Martin’s testimony before Markey’s panel on February 13 is based on outdated statistical data that is misleading, incomplete and inaccurate. Addressing a subcommittee hearing on the digital television transition, Martin—a proponent of “a la carte” rules and other changes in FCC policy that he believes would lower cable rates and provide consumers with greater control over cable channel offerings—entered into the record a chart demonstrating that cable prices have skyrocketed by 100% over the last decade. In a strongly worded rebuttal, McSlarrow asserted that the data used by Martin omits important information that fails to account for increases in the number of channels offered to customers, the introduction of digital service, and other improvements that have actually brought about reductions in per-channel rates. According to McSlarrow, these changes over the past decade “represent a sea change in the video offerings available to cable customers and a fundamentally different value proposition for most consumers” that Martin chose to “utterly ignore.” McSlarrow also claimed that Martin’s testimony was intended “to justify his repeated and controversial efforts to impose numerous burdensome regulations on the cable industry.”