Cablecos want their tax money back; NCC now NCC Media

>  Cable companies, including Charter Communications, have gone to the Blount County Chancery Court in Tennessee seeking to have $158,732.60 in business taxes voided and returned. Story.

> The Litchfield (Conn.) County League of Women Voters has called a public meeting to explore whether there should be more regulation of cable operators after local MSO Cablevision removed then restored, HGTV and the Food Network from its channel lineup. Story.

> The SCTE, in an effort to "increase awareness of the vital need to equip today's technical workforce with a sound working knowledge of RF" has formed the SCTE Amateur Radio Club and adopted the FCC-issued call sign W3HFC. News Release.

> Crown Media Holdings, which operates the Hallmark Channel, should probably expect a get well card after reporting a 71 percent drop in fourth quarter profit. Story.

> National Cable Communications has adopted the identity NCC Media to reflect "the wide range of media services the company provides to the advertising industry, whether delivered by cable, telecom, satellite or interactive programs." News release.

> Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Hudson Valley learned the value of cable versus over-the-air TV when a fire in a Manhattan manhole damaged fiber optic cables and forced the MSO to switch to over-the-air signals. Story.

> Mike Pohl has been moved to the position of non-executive chairman of the board of BigBand Networks, effectively separating the roles of CEO and chairman and give existing CEO Amir Bassan-Eskenazi responsibility for executive management of the company. News release.

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