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The FCC’s Stalled Attempt to Breathe Life into Commercial Leased Access of Cable Television

February 16, 2009

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when the only way to get television programming was through cable or over-the-air broadcast, Congress decided that the cable industry had too much market power. In response, Congress enacted several restrictions on cable operators’ ability to decide what programs to carry, including: (1) “must-carry” rules, requiring cable operators to dedicate some channels to carrying local broadcast stations, (2) “PEG” rules, requiring cable operators to dedicate other channels to public, educational, and governmental programming, and (3) “leased access” rules, requiring cable operators to dedicate yet other channels for unaffiliated commercial programmers who were unable to convince operators to carry their programs voluntarily....

The FCC's Stalled Attempt to Breathe Life into Commercial Lease Access of Cable Television  


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