ERIC Number: ED063784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-23
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Thaw; New Rules to End the Cable TV Freeze.
National Cable Television Association, Inc., Washington, DC.
The report summarizes the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rulemaking of February 3, 1972 for cable television (CATV) concerning what channels must be carried in certain categories of broadcast markets, use of non-broadcast channels, technical standards, and federal/state/local regulatory relationships. The report highlights the rule that all new systems in the largest 100 markets must provide a minimum capacity of 20 channels, as well as a capability for two-way transmissions. The report makes clear that under the new rules CATV systems must provide at least one non-broadcast channel for every broadcast channel, and that three of the non-broadcast channels must be for public access, education and local government; all public access channels must be available first-come first-serve, with no Fairness Doctrine restrictions, and no censorship allowed by the CATV operator except to prohibit obscenity and lotteries. The report describes minimum standards for CATV franchises, and the steps a CATV operator must take to get the required FCC certificate of compliance. (MG)
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Authoring Institution: National Cable Television Association, Inc., Washington, DC.