John Eggerton writes: "The FCC has decided to grant broadcasters analog and digital multicast must-carry in Alaska and Hawaii. ¶ Analog must-carry becomes effective Dec. 8 of this year, digital must-carry by June 8, 2007. The FCC did not grant dual must-carry, finding that the analog signal does not have to be carried once the digital must-carry deadline kicks in. ¶ In the contiguous 48, DBS companies are not required to carry local broadcast stations, though if they choose to carry one, they must carry all. Alaska and Hawaii were considered special cases, with remote populations that may not have adequate access to either local TV stations or cable service. ..." Link: Broadcasting & Cable.