Hundt: Need help on i-TV standard

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FCC Chairman Reed Hundt on Friday said if the computer industry and broadcasters don't cut a compromise over a digital TV standard soon, the agency should give Congress an opportunity to hold a new round of hearings before the agency attempts to resolve the standards issue.

"I think we need to be consulting with the new leaders of Congress to get their guidance," Mr. Hundt said at a press conference. FCC sources said all three of the agency's other commissioners want to vote on the standards issue in December, whether a new industry compromise is included or not. Sources also said Mr. Hundt's proposal would result in indefinite delays in the digital TV proceedings.

Sources said this week's computer industry/broadcaster negotiations were "inconclusive" but that another session has been planned for Nov. 15 in Denver.

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