FCC chief hunts votes on cable

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is reportedly struggling to find enough support from agency commissioners to regulate cable television companies more tightly.

The five-member commission is set to vote today on a report, proposed by Kevin Martin that would give the commission expanded powers over the cable industry after making a formal finding that it had grown too big.

A defeat would be a major blow to consumer groups and a setback for Martin, who has led the effort for tighter regulation. Last month, the commission approved his proposal to strike down exclusive contracts for a particular cable company to serve an apartment building. Last December, the agency approved a proposal to force municipalities to move more swiftly on applications by phone companies to offer rival video service to the cable companies.

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