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    Future of Journalism and Newspapers

    Witnesses testified about challenges facing the newspaper industry, how the media landscape has changed with the introduction of digital technology, and new models and improvements in…

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    Cable Telecommunications Act, Day 1 Part 1

    Senator Inouye talked about the history of governmental regulation of cable and the telecommunication industry. Senators Ford and Gore also offered opening remarks. The panel was…

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    Cable Telecommunications Act, Day 2 Part 2

    The hearing focused on the effects of the Cable Act of 1984.

    Mr. Fritts talked about the monopolies in cable. He said that the cable rates for consumers had increased 29% in the…

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    Cable Telecommunications Act, Day 1 Part 2

    Mr. Mooney talked about the factors that caused rate increases. He talked about operators that over charged consumers, emphasizing that they were isolated cases and not indicative…

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    Cable Telecommunications Act, Day 2 Part 1

    Senators Gore and McCain gave short comments. They gave their opinions on the proceedings.

    Mr. Sikes said that cable markets are not open markets due to the 1984 Cable…

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    Cable and Broadcast Television Carriage Negotiations

    Witnesses testified on the rules for television negotiations and recent disputes over broadcast carriage. Fox’s parent company News Corporation pulled its channels from…

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    Television and Internet Video Distribution

    Witnesses testified about a proposed measure to provide a la carte cable and satellite television options to consumers. Among the issues addressed were the potential impact on the cost…

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    Telephone Solicitation

    The subcommittee heard testimony on legislation regulating telephone transmissions in the U.S., including unsolicited computer voice calls and long distance services billing…

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    Wireless Technology

    Witnesses testified on the state of wireless communications and future developments in the industry. In their testimony they said the need for more broadband spectrum was critical as…

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    Cable Television Reregulation

    The committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 12, the Cable Television Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The bill was designed to regulate the prices and quality of cable television services,…

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    Cable TV Consumer Protection Act

    This is one in a series of hearings on the Cable TV Consumer Protection Act. Subcommittee members previously heard testimony from consumers.

    The hearing started with opening remarks…

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    Electronic 911 Compliance

    An FCC official and industry representatives testified about wireless and cellular 911 services. They examined the implementation of the Wireless Communication and Public Safety Act…

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    Telecommunications Technologies in Education

    The committee met to discuss telecommunications technologies and how they could be used to improve education in America. The witnesses testified on information about technological…

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    Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 3

    Mr. Garner talked about effects of a “natural monopoly” in small cable markets. He talked about the history of cable and its relations with broadcast and satellite…

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    Digital Audio Tape Recorders

    The subcommittee heard testimony on the manufacture and distribution of audio tape recorders which do not meet technical specifications. New legislation would require that all tape…

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    Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 1

    Senators Inouye and Danforth talked about the history of the subcommittee and gave background information on the issue of telecommunications as it relates to the consumer. They said…

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    Public Interest Obligations of Broadcasters

    The subcommittee heard testimony on S. 217, the Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1991, which would reinstate the fairness doctrine in broadcasting repealed in 1987. The fairness doctrine,…

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    Future of Public Broadcasting

    The subcommittee finished hearings on the twentieth anniversary of
    public broadcasting with officials of various public broadcasting entities talking about the future of the government…

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    Telephone Companies and Cable TV

    The subcommittee met to examine whether or not telephone companies should be permitted to originate video programming. The subcommittee was considering S. 2800, the Communications…

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    Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 2

    Mr. Mooney and Mr. Hostetter answered questions asked by Sen. Gore about allegations of anti-competition behavior by cable providers against broadcast networks. They…

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