Open Video Systems - (OVS,
Open-video Operators, Open-video Providers. Associated with Overbuilder,
Open-video Franchises) - Part of the 1996 Federal Communication
alternative method allowing teleco's to use their infrastructure to
provide cable-like video service to subscribers.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
- Among the changes is a wholesale revision of the FCC's rules and
policies on local telephone companies' participation in video
programming and delivery. The 1996 Act scraps the FCC's old video
rules, which limited telcos to common-carriage video
service and generally excluded them from programming. Telcos are thus
entitled to provide video programming and to do it through radio,
common carriage, or a delivery medium called an Open Video System (OVS).