Jo Ann Becker


FCC, cable, regulations, competitive bidding, television, programming


Article examines the Federal Communications Commission’s 1975 decision to prohibit cablecasters from showing certain types of programming, on the rationale that pay cablevision, through successful competitive bidding, would ‘siphon’ this programming away from broadcast television and deprive the general public of popular programming. Article discusses the history behind the decision, the court of appeals’ treatment of the FCC rules and the decision’s possible effect on future pay cable regulations



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