Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Antia Wallgren

Abstract: Important changes in the video market, particularly with respect to cable television over the last ten years, have raised several policy issues. The expanded technological capabilities of optical fibers and computers create new ways to transport and access video programming in cable systems and telephone networks. Meanwhile, growing market concentration and structural changes in the cable television industry have placed the potential for expanding consumer video choices at risk. In addition, some courts are effectively limiting the ability of municipa1ities and other government entities to carry out the intent of the Cable Act to be the primary source of regulation over cable television.

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