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S-4/A
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS CAPITAL CORP filed this Form S-4/A on 06/22/1999
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     ACCESS TO PROGRAMMING.  To spur the development of independent cable
programmers and competition to incumbent cable operators, the 1992 Cable Act
imposed restrictions on the dealings between cable operators and cable
programmers. Of special significance from a competitive business posture, the
1992 Cable Act precludes video programmers affiliated with cable companies from
favoring their affiliated cable operators over competitors and requires such
programmers to sell their programming to other multichannel video distributors.
This provision limits the ability of vertically integrated cable programmers to
offer exclusive programming arrangements to cable companies. Recently, there has
been increased interest in further restricting the marketing practices of cable
programmers, including subjecting programmers who are not affiliated with cable
operators to all of the existing program access requirements, and subjecting
terrestrially delivered programming to the program access requirements. These
changes should not have a dramatic impact on us, but would limit potential
competitive advantages we now enjoy.
    
 
   
     INSIDE WIRING; SUBSCRIBER ACCESS.  In a 1997 Order, the Federal
Communications Commission established rules that require an incumbent cable
operator upon expiration of a multiple dwelling unit service contract to sell,
abandon, or remove "home run" wiring that was installed by the cable operator in
a multiple dwelling unit building. These inside wiring rules are expected to
assist building owners in their attempts to replace existing cable operators
with new programming providers who are willing to pay the building owner a
higher fee, where such a fee is permissible. The Federal Communications
Commission has also proposed abrogating all exclusive multiple dwelling unit
service agreements held by incumbent operators, but allowing such contracts when
held by new entrants. In another proceeding, the Federal Communications
Commission has preempted restrictions on the deployment of private antenna on
rental property within the exclusive use of a tenant, such as balconies and
patios. This Federal Communications Commission ruling may limit the extent to
which we along with multiple dwelling unit owners may enforce certain aspects of
multiple dwelling unit agreements which otherwise prohibit, for example,
placement of digital broadcast satellite receiver antennae in multiple dwelling
unit areas under the exclusive occupancy of a renter. These developments may
make it even more difficult for us to provide service in multiple dwelling unit
complexes.
    
 
   
     OTHER FCC REGULATIONS.  In addition to the Federal Communications
Commission regulations noted above, there are other FCC regulations covering
such areas as:
    
 
   
     - equal employment opportunity,
    
 
   
     - subscriber privacy,
    
 
   
     - programming practices, including, among other things, syndicated program
       exclusivity, network program nonduplication, local sports blackouts,
       indecent programming, lottery programming, political programming,
       sponsorship identification, children's programming advertisements, and
       closed captioning,
    
 
   
     - registration of cable systems and facilities licensing,
    
 
   
     - maintenance of various records and public inspection files,
    
 
   
     - aeronautical frequency usage,
    
 
   
     - lockbox availability,
    
 
   
     - antenna structure notification,
    
 
   
     - tower marking and lighting,
    
 
   
     - consumer protection and customer service standards,
    
 
   
     - technical standards,
    
 
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