ERIC Number: ED066019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-5
Reference Count: 0
Remarks at the Publi-Cable Seminar.
Friendly, Fred W.
American government response to the growth of radio, TV and now cable television (CATV) has been too little too late, to protect vested interests instead of to set long-range policies. A recent closed-door meeting called by the director of the Office of Telecommunications Policy of the White House, to talk about CATV regulation, was no exception. Representatives of CATV, broadcasting, movies, music and other industries, as well as the chairman of the FCC were all invited; but no one was invited to represent the six million subscribers. When the parlay was over, there was a CATV policy stripped of all its sinews except those which strengthen the status quo. So it's time for changes. A good start is to begin asking the right questions. For example, how should we handle pay-TV, and what should be the proper relationship between federal, state and local bodies concerned with regulating CATV? We should think about designating a half-dozen communities as wired city experiments, as a basis for hard information useful for long-range policy making. (MG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission
Note: Speech given to the National Education Association Publi-Cable Seminar (Washington, D.C., May 5, 1972)