The Commission this week released an Order exempting certain small cable systems from the requirement that, after the February 2009 digital transition, for a three year period, cable systems carry both an analog version of a broadcast television station’s signal plus the station’s high definition signal.  This dual carriage requirement was imposed so that the cable system would ensure that a version of the station’s signal was available to all subscribers to the system, and so that those who had high definition sets could receive the television signal without "material degradation" of its signal, as required by FCC rules.  As some small systems either did not have the bandwidth to transmit an HDTV signal or could not meet the costs necessary for such carriage, the Commission decided to grant these systems an exemption.  Specifics of the FCC decision and the exemption, and on the background of this ruling, can be found in Davis Wright Tremaine’s Advisory on this order.