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Public Notice

Ottawa, 16 October 1995
Public Notice CRTC 1995-174
In Public Notice CRTC 1995-128, dated 28 July 1995, the Commission initiated a public process for the purpose of establishing access rules that would be applicable to all broadcasting distribution undertakings. A number of parties who submitted comments as part of the first stage of this proceeding have expressed a need for current information on the present and future channel capacity of existing cable systems.
The Commission shares the parties' view that data concerning available channel capacity would be of use to participants in this public process. Such information would also be useful in the context of the coming public hearing to consider applications for new specialty and pay television programming services.
Accordingly, the Commission has requested licensees of cable systems serving 20,000 or more subscribers to file the following information with the Commission by 15 November 1995:
* the current channel line-up, identifying the cable carriage of all programming services whose operators are licensed or exempted, and of all non-programming services, together with information regarding which channels are impaired, which services are offered as part of the basic service or on a discretionary basis and, if applicable, which services are part of high-penetration discretionary tiers utilizing trapping technology;
* for all programming services whose operators have been exempted, the date on which each service was first distributed on the system, as well as the name of the operator of the service;
* the projected channel capacity of the system as of 1 September 1996 and 1 September 1997; and
* the proposed time frame for the rollout of digital video compression technology.
This information will be placed on the Commission's public examination files for the public hearing on access rules which is scheduled to commence 5 February 1996. Interested parties will have an opportunity to review this additional information prior to submission of their second-round comments on 1 December 1995.
Allan J. Darling
Secretary General

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