On April 8, 2009, the FCC adopted a Supplemental Notice of Inquiry that solicits additional data, comment and analyses for the Commission's 14th annual report to Congress on the status of competition in the video marketplace. The FCC released a Notice of Inquiry on January 16, 2009, requesting information, comments and analyses as of June 30, 2007, and the Supplemental Notice of Inquiry requests additional data as of June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009. In a statement, Acting Chairman Michael Copps indicated that the item will allow the Commission to "play catch up" in bringing the report up to date and to adopt a single report covering 2007, 2008 and 2009 for a comprehensive review of the status of the video programming marketplace.
The FCC, as required by Congress, is collecting the data to evaluate the status of competition in the video marketplace, changes in the marketplace, prospects for new entrants, factors that have facilitated or impeded competition and the effect these factors are having on consumers' access to video programming. Specifically, among other issues, the Commission is seeking data and comment regarding consumers' choices for access to video programming and how they have evolved; the effect of recent Commission regulatory actions on competition; the impact of economic environment, including access to capital and revenues, on video programming services; the impact of the digital television transition on consumers, broadcasters and video programmers; information on advanced service offerings by video programmers; and technical issues affecting the state of competition.
The Supplemental Notice establishes May 20, 2009, and June 20, 2009, respectively, as the deadlines for filing comments and reply comments for 2008 data. For 2009 data, comments are due July 29, 2009, and reply comments on August 28, 2009.
A copy of the Supplemental Notice is available here.