Over the weekend and the New York Times column, Media Frenzy, by Richard Siklos had a good article about the on-going debate in terms of a la carte cable.
"The Cable Operators are indisputably right about one thing; they shouldn’t need Mr. Martin [FCC] to tell them to do the right thing." (Skilos, NYT 4/16/06)
For those of you not familiar with this issue, the debate pits the cable conglomerates (who have all gotten comfortable with their pricey offerings) versus the FCC (who wants to offer consumers more options to control their monthly bill.) Personally, I think that the end result of this debate is that the cable industry will increasingly offer consumers more options. Cable operators will face increased pressure from both the FCC and the upcoming competition that they will experience as telephone providers jump into the television delivery business, including Verizon and AT&T.