In remarks to reporters, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin took issue with the responses of the cable industry on a recent inquiry into the pricing of analog and digital tiers, as he asserted that some operators could enforce penalties, including fines, for their failure to answer fully the FCC’s questions. After receiving complaints from analog cable subscribers who say that their costs remain the same or have even gone up in spite of the loss of channels that are shifted to digital tiers, the FCC on October 30 asked twelve major cable operators, including Comcast, Time Warner, and Cox Communications, to provide information on their analog and digital tier pricing and on the per-subscriber cost of channels that are moved from analog to digital tiers. The companies were given 14 days to provide the data requested, which a Comcast spokesman claimed would require more than 1,500 man-hours to compile. According to sources, some of the cable firms targeted by the FCC’s inquiry declined to provide all of the data requested on grounds that such disclosure would violate confidentiality clauses in their carriage contracts with programmers. Nevertheless, Martin singled out Comcast in charging that the company merely provided “a narrative” and “didn’t even answer the questions directly.” Noting that the FCC had issued a protective order that would ensure the confidentiality of sensitive contract information, Martin added: “companies that did not provide sufficient answers would be subject to the Commission’s enforcement actions.” (One source, however, pointed out that the protective order “was issued one day before the documents were due to the Commission.”) In reply to Martin’s charges, Comcast declared: “we provided a very substantial response to the [FCC’s] letter, and we offered to meet with the Commission to determine what other information we can reasonably provide while making clear our serious reservations about their process.”