Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Noy S. Davis


As part of its policy of deregulation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed eliminating its rule that prohibits broadcast networks from owning cable systems. This note examines a report by two of the FCC's staffs in which it is recommended that the network/ cable cross-ownership ban rule be abolished. The note discusses the economic and first amendment considerations behind the ban and proposes a market analysis to be used in determining whether first amendment concerns are better protected with or without the rule.