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The first comprehensive guide, analysis, and sourcebook on federal laws and regulations dealing with cable television. Since the FCC issued its plan for cable development in 1972, meeting federal standards has been the key to planning cable television service, not only for municipalities and citizen groups, but for cable systems and commercial interests. Subjects covered are carriage of broadcast television, program exclusivity and copyright, cablecasting and channel capacity, the role of state and local authorities, technical standards and operating requirements, and FCC procedures. In addition to analyzing FCC rules in the context of applicable statutes and cases, the guide includes a compendium of 17 original documents and source materials. Prepared for both the layman and the lawyer, it will be especially useful to communities making franchise decisions, because its interpretive comments highlight areas of uncertainty and ambiguity in federal regulations.

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