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S-4/A
RENAISSANCE MEDIA GROUP LLC filed this Form S-4/A on 09/04/1998
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  "Anti-Buy Through" Provisions
 
  The 1992 Cable Act also requires cable systems to permit customers to
purchase video programming offered by the operator on a per channel or a per
program basis without the necessity of subscribing to any tier of service,
other than the basic service tier, unless the system's lack of addressable
converter boxes or other technological limitations does not permit it to do
so. The statutory exemption for cable systems that do not have the
technological capacity to offer programming in the manner required by the
statute is available until a system obtains such capability, but not later
than December 2002. The FCC may waive such time periods, if deemed necessary.
Most of the Company's cable systems do not have the technological capability
to offer programming in the manner required by the statute and currently are
exempt from complying with the requirement.
 
  Must Carry/Retransmission Consent
 
  The 1992 Cable Act contains broadcast signal carriage requirements that
allow local commercial television broadcast stations to elect once every three
years to require a cable system to carry the station, subject to certain
exceptions, or to negotiate for "retransmission consent" to carry the station.
A cable system generally is required to devote up to one-third of its
activated channel capacity for the carriage of local commercial television
stations whether pursuant to the mandatory carriage or retransmission consent
requirements of the 1992 Cable Act. Local noncommercial television stations
are also given mandatory carriage rights; however, such stations are not given
the option to negotiate retransmission consent for the carriage of their
signals by cable systems. Additionally, cable systems are required to obtain
retransmission consent for all "distant" commercial television stations
(except for commercial satellite-delivered independent "superstations" such as
WGN), commercial radio stations and certain low power television stations
carried by such systems after October 1993. In March 1997, the U.S. Supreme
Court affirmed a three-judge district court decision upholding the
constitutional validity of the 1992 Cable Act's mandatory signal carriage
requirements. The FCC has initiated rulemaking to consider the requirements,
if any, for mandatory carriage of DTV signals. The Company cannot predict the
ultimate outcome of such a rulemaking or the impact of new carriage
requirements on the Company or its business. As a result of the mandatory
carriage rules, some of the Systems have been required to carry television
broadcast stations that otherwise would not have been carried and may be
required to displace possibly more attractive programming. The retransmission
consent rules have resulted in the deletion of certain local and distant
television broadcast stations which various Systems were carrying. To the
extent retransmission consent fees must be paid for the continued carriage of
certain television stations, the Company's cost of doing business will
increase with no assurance that such fees can be recovered through rate
increases.
 
  Designated Channels
 
  The Communications Act permits franchising authorities to require cable
operators to set aside certain channels for public, educational and
governmental access programming. Federal law also requires a cable system with
36 or more activated channels to designate a portion of its channel capacity
for commercial leased access by third parties to provide programming that may
compete with services offered by the cable operator. The U.S. Supreme Court
has upheld the statutory right of cable operators to prohibit or limit the
provision of indecent or obscene programming on commercial leased access
channels. The FCC has adopted rules regulating: (i) the maximum reasonable
rate a cable operator may charge for commercial use of the designated channel
capacity; (ii) the terms and conditions for commercial use of such channels;
and (iii) the procedures for the expedited resolution of disputes concerning
rates or commercial use of the designated channel capacity.
 
  Franchise Procedures
 
  The 1984 Cable Act affirms the right of franchising authorities (state or
local, depending on the practice in individual states) to award one or more
franchises within their jurisdictions and prohibits non-grandfathered cable
systems from operating without a franchise in such jurisdictions. The 1992
Cable Act encourages competition with existing cable systems by (i) allowing
municipalities to operate their own cable systems without franchises, (ii)
preventing franchising authorities from granting exclusive franchises or
unreasonably refusing to award
 
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