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Outline of the cable television problems of two states, Connecticut and Nevada, and a review of a current debate in New York about the appropriate role of the state in relation to cable regulation. This report summarizes the cable television regulation experiences of these three states and brings out several important considerations in regard to future state cable regulation: (1) to avoid long court tests and resulting delays such as those encountered in Connecticut, legislation should be drawn in a manner to make the rights of the regulating agency explicit; (2) to expedite the hearings and decisionmaking process, franchise certificates should be awarded on an area-by-area basis within the state, rather than delaying the granting of franchises for the whole state until all hearings have been completed; and (3) to facilitate service across traditional jurisdictional lines, careful thought should be given to prescribing appropriate geographical areas for service by a single system.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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