ERIC Number: ED095895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Cable Television Interconnection.
Cable Television Information Center, Washington, DC.
State and local governments have not been involved in the complexities of cable television interconnection issues in the past despite opportunities. Without their intervention, the result may well be a lack of concern for local public services. However, the entertainment and communications industries will interconnect cable systems without the assistance of state and local governments. The FCC will license firms to do so. On the other hand, local government initiative in regional interconnection can be the catalyst which forces communications technology to address problems of urban congestion, rural decline, etc. Nevertheless, there are several problems public officials must address: (1) interconnection facilities do not necessarily fit public jurisdictional boundaries; (2) public uses of cable may require audiences and program sources larger than those available to a single cable system, but more localized than a national network; (3) cable systems deliver services only to cable subscribers, but the audiences for public services may not necessarily be connected to cable system. (WCM)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Cable Television, Commercial Television, Communications Satellites, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Educational Television, Local Government, Programing (Broadcast), Telecommunications
Cable Television Information Center, The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Cable Television Information Center, Washington, DC.