Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


David Kupetz


Cable television companies can now provide two-way communications services allowing users to both receive and send messages. If unregulated, cable companies may gain an unfair advantage over the heavily regulated local telephone companies which formerly were the sole providers of two-way services. The author examines developments transforming the telecommunications industry and the classification of cable's two-way services as "non-cable services." The author recommends that cable companies be allowed to enter the telecommunications market and that their "non-cable services" be regulated under the same guidelines applicable to telephone companies providing similar services.