ERIC Number: ED055460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Aug-5
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Statement on CATV from the FCC to the Senate Committee.
Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.
In this statement to the Senate, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) describes in detail their specific policies relevant to cable television (CATV) regulation under four general areas. The rules for the first of these, television broadcast signal carriage, are outlined in terms of three classifications which would divide all signals: mandatory carriage, minimum service, and additional service. The second general area offers policies concerning access to and use of nonbroadcast cable channels and emphasizes that cable operators should construct systems with a bandwidth which will ensure the availability of nonbroadcast services and the capacity for two-way communication. The third general area discusses technical standards which should be made applicable to CATV systems, requiring that a signal meet standards of minimum technical performance on its arrival at any subscriber's terminal. Finally, concerning the fourth general area of Federal-State relationships, the FCC specifies minimum requirements in the local CATV franchising process. A dissenting statement made by one of the Commissioners is appended, as well as a list of the major television markets and a chart of cable signal carriage in major markets. (SH)
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Authoring Institution: Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.