ERIC Number: ED366290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Broadcast News, Cable TV and the Telcos: A Historical Examination of the Rhetorical Forces Affecting the Electronic Distribution of Information to the American Television Public.
Craft, John E.; Matera, Frances R.
The historic development of the cable phenomenon is traced through industry rhetoric that promised a multitude of services and "voices" in exchange for benign regulations. The current rhetoric of the "wired nation's" latest entrant into the broadband information delivery business--the telcos--also is examined in order to assess possible effects on First Amendment issues and journalistic expression. Although the cable systems of today bear little resemblance to the CATV systems of the 1950s, they still do not offer the "wired nation" services that they promised. Currently, the telephone companies are seeking regulatory relief so that they might provide information and entertainment services that cable now offers. In the process, the telephone companies are resurrecting the "wired nation" promises. It is now the regional telephone operating companies that are promising the communications future through a fiber optic network, and the cable industry that has used the same arguments in the past is crying foul. (Contains 83 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fiber Optics; First Amendment; Regulatory Agencies; Wired Nation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association (Salt Lake City, UT, 1993).