ERIC Number: ED081195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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An ACLU Guide to Cable Television.
Proceeding from the hypothesis that cable television (CATV) is one of the most significant developments in modern America, this booklet examines the medium itself and then devotes special attention to the capacity of CATV to serve the First Amendment interest in diversity of expression. The opening section deals with the size and growth of cable, its technical aspects, its potential for producing diversity of programing, dialogue, and two-way communications, and its ability to develop a sense of community and to build bridges between city and suburbs. Following this, the focus is put upon matters of civil liberties, including the status of cable as a common carrier, the regulation of CATV, and system ownership and rates. Also discussed are the questions of censorship and liability, fairness and equal time, privacy, franchising, and employment and advancement practices. (PB)
Descriptors: Cable Television, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Communication (Thought Transfer), Costs, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Freedom of Speech, Government Role, Guides, Programing (Broadcast), Suburbs, Technology, Telecommunications, Urban Areas
American Civil Liberties Union, 22 East 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment