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ERIC Number: ED123677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 27
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Cable Television and the Promise of Public Access.
Wenner, Lawrence A.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made provision for three access channels in new cable television systems: one each for the public, educational authorities, and the local government. The success of these access channels in instituting a two-way relationship between the public and commercial broadcasting is dependent on the presence of adequate funds to provide effective programming. In the interests of protecting the public interest, the development of a new communications policy is necessary. In aiding the initiation of a socially conscious communications policy, two system proposals are particularly worthy of consideration. The Consumer Association of Canada (CAC) conceives the idea of the Community Information Network with the goal of creating non-profit public information systems that give primary attention to the user's needs. EDUCOM's System-3 proposal stresses the need for a two-way interactive system which calls for a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors and a synthesis of information gathering and communication. In order to provide access to information for individuals, the bulk of our attention should be focused on the reconsideration of cable television rules to be made by the FCC in 1977. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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