An Economic Analysis of Mandatory Leased Channel Access for Cable Television

by Stanley Besen, Leland Johnson

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This report is an economic analysis of mandated leased access. Section II briefly discusses past regulation of the cable industry, including the regulation of access. Section III examines the existing relationship between cable systems and service packagers. Section IV provides an economic analysis of the effects of various types of mandated leased access arrangements on the service offerings and prices available to cable subscribers. Finally, Sec. V analyzes problems that would be faced by government regulators in implementing a leased access requirement.

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