Regulators Reject Broadcasters Digital Request

US regulators Thursday “rejected a request by broadcasters to require cable and satellite operators to carry multiple digital channel offerings from local television stations. Cable operators have voluntarily agreed to carry multiple digital channels in some cities, but broadcasters say making it a requirement would benefit the public by giving them more programming choices. They contend that cable companies are afraid of the competition that more free, local “over-the-air” channels would give popular cable-only movie and sports networks.”