In an effort to avert defeat at the Federal Communications Commission in its bid to require cable operators to carry all of the digital channels broadcasters transmit, the traditionally Republican-lea

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- In an effort to avert defeat at the Federal Communications Commission in its bid to require cable operators to carry all of the digital channels broadcasters transmit, the traditionally Republican-leaning broadcasting business is getting a boost from some traditionally Democratic groups.

In recent days, consumer organizations, organized labor and at least two members of the Congressional Black Caucus have written letters pushing the Commission to at least delay the Feb. 10 vote on the issue. The FCC is expected to approve a regulation that would require cable operators to carry only the digital channel that most resembles their current analog offering.

While the correspondence generally is directed at all of the commissioners, the White House or lawmakers, commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, a Democrat, is the main target. He is expected to vote with Republican chairman Michael Powell and GOP commissioner Kathleen Abernathy to uphold cable operators' right to refuse to carry broadcasters' multicast digital channels.

The other commissioners, Republican Kevin Martin and Democrat Michael Copps, appear to be more inclined to support the broadcasters, though Copps wants to see specific public-interest requirements built into the ruling.

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