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… read more

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 companies in Jefferson City, MO. He focused on lawsuits involving Telecommunications, Inc (TCI); the case referenced was Central Telecommunications, Inc. v. TCI Cablevision, Inc. 800 F. 2d 711. He said that in the absence of true competition, regulation must be reestablished and it must occur on the local level. He noted that city property was used to reach consumers.

Mr. Geller talked about the compulsory licenses with cable. He said that a common carrier based solution would be optimal. He said that the safeguards approved in the 1984 Cable TV Consumer Protection Act were ineffective and that they should be abandoned. 

Mr. Hippel talked about the importance of fair access in cable to increase competition. He focused on wireless cable distribution. He said that access to programs was necessary for competition with wireless cable. 

Mr. Vetter talked about the disadvantages faced by broadcast systems against cable. He said that cable sold broadcast signals that they did not need to pay for and used the funds to purchase additional channels. He said that cable systems should compensate broadcast networks for the use of the programs. 

Mr. Anstrom said that the broadcast systems gained extended coverage as a result of being carried by cable. He disagreed with a “must pay” system and supported "must carry". close

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Cable TV Consumer Protection Act, Part 3

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Program ID:
12324-1
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Senate Committee
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Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 30, 1990

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  • Mar 30, 1990 | 12:40pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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