What's at Stake
What could happen if the Federal Communications Commission votes to give itself the power to impose new regulations on the cable industry:
A national ownership cap: Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, could grow no bigger.
Price cuts: Cable companies could have to lower the price they charge smaller and independent programmers to lease unused channels on cable systems, to 10 cents per subscriber from 40 cents.
Empowering programmers: It would be easier for independent programmers, such as the NFL Network, to bring price-dispute complaints with cable companies to the FCC.