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RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4 on 06/12/1998
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terms of the Social Contract. The Company is also required to ensure that at
least 60% of new analog services in the Systems are added to the CPST and add
at least 15 new channels on average (weighted by CPST subscribers) to the CPST
of the Systems. The Company believes the upgrades are prudent both due to the
competitive advantages to be gained by technologically advanced facilities and
from the rate increases the Company will be permitted to implement.
  Cable systems are subject to federal copyright licensing covering carriage
of television and radio broadcast signals. In exchange for filing certain
reports and contributing a percentage of their revenue to a federal copyright
royalty pool, cable operators can obtain blanket permission to retransmit
copyrighted material on broadcast signals. The nature and amount of future
payments for broadcast signal carriage cannot be predicted at this time. In a
recent report to Congress, the Copyright Office recommended that Congress make
major revisions of both the cable television and satellite compulsory licenses
to make them as simple as possible to administer, to provide copyright owners
with full compensation for the use of their works, and to treat every
multichannel video delivery system the same, except to the extent that
technological differences or differences in the regulatory burdens placed upon
the delivery system justify different copyright treatment. The possible
simplification, modification or elimination of the compulsory copyright
license is the subject of continuing legislative review. The elimination or
substantial modification of the cable compulsory license could adversely
affect the Company's ability to obtain suitable programming and could
substantially increase the cost of programming that remained available for
distribution to the Company's customers. The Company cannot predict the
outcome of this legislative activity.
  Cable operators distribute programming and advertising that use music
controlled by the two major music performing rights organizations, ASCAP and
BMI. In October 1989, the special rate court of the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of New York imposed interim rates on the cable
industry's use of ASCAP-controlled music. The same federal district court
recently established a special rate court for BMI. BMI and certain cable
industry representatives recently concluded negotiations for a standard
licensing agreement covering the usage of BMI music contained in advertising
and other information inserted by operators into cable programming and on
certain local access and origination channels carried on cable systems. ASCAP
and cable industry representatives have met to discuss the development of a
standard licensing agreement covering ASCAP music in local origination and
access channels and pay-per-view programming. Although the Company cannot
predict the ultimate outcome of these industry negotiations or the amount of
any license fees it may be required to pay for past and future use of ASCAP-
controlled music, it does not believe such license fees will be material to
the Company's operations.
  Cable systems are subject to state and local regulation, typically imposed
through the franchising process, because they use local streets and rights-of-
way. Regulatory responsibility for essentially local aspects of the cable
business such as franchisee selection, billing practices, system design and
construction, and safety and consumer protection remains with either state or
local officials and, in some jurisdictions, with both.
  Cable systems generally are operated pursuant to nonexclusive franchises,
permits or licenses granted by a municipality or other state or local
government entity. Franchises generally are granted for fixed terms and in
many cases are terminable if the franchisee fails to comply with material
provisions. The terms and conditions of franchises vary materially from
jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Each franchise generally contains provisions
governing payment of franchise fees, franchise term, system construction and
maintenance obligations, system channel capacity, design and technical
performance, customer service standards, franchise renewal, sale or transfer
of the franchise, territory of the franchisee, indemnification of the
franchising authority, use and occupancy of public streets and types of cable
services provided. A number of states subject cable systems to the
jurisdiction of centralized state governmental agencies, some of which impose
regulation of a character similar to that of a public utility. Attempts in
other states to regulate cable systems are continuing and can be expected