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.
Noy S. Davis,
Eliminating the Network/Cable Cross-Ownership Ban: Does a Free Market Protect the Marketplace of Ideas,
6 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 163
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