Public Access Television: America's Electronic Soapbox

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the community request it. And even then it may be an uphill battle, because the cable company can pass expenses on to subscribers. 69 This means that the greatest threat to the future of public access television is less likely to come from legal challenges than from the indifference of local citizens and competing demands for funds from local governmental entities. The laws create an environment with certain safeguards, but provide no guarantee of funding. If the public does not actively lobby for public access television and usher it into existence, all the years of legislative and regulatory progress will have been for naught.


NOTES
1.
NO 38 FCC 683, 685 ( 1965).
2.
391 US 367, 377 ( 1968).
3.
392 US 157, 172, 178 ( 1968).
4.
395 US 367, 390 ( 1969).
5.
15 FCC 2d 417, 422 ( 1968).
6.
25 FCC 2d 38, 41 ( 1970).
7.
Ibid., 48-49.
8.
31 FCC 2d 115, 128 ( 1971).
10.
Ibid., 130.
11.
Ibid., 131.
12.
406 US 649, 667 ( 1972).
13.
Ibid., 670.
14.
36 FCC 2d 143, 190-91 ( 1972). Note that the use of the channel was free, but production costs were not. However, it is these production costs that prevented people from participating in television production. Television production requires expensive equipment and at this time the cost was prohibitive for most people.
16.
418 US 241, 258 ( 1974).
17.
523 F2d 1344, 1351 ( 1975).
18.
Buckley v. Valeo, 424 US 1, 48-49 ( 1976) (citations omitted).
19.
59 FCC 2d 294, 296 ( 1976).
20.
Ibid., 298.
22.
533 F2d 601, 615 ( 1976).
23.
567 F2d 9, 13 ( 1977).
24.
573 F2d 765, 767 ( 1978).
25.
406 US 649 ( 1972).
26.
440 US 689, 708 ( 1979).
27.
Ibid., 713-14 (citations omitted).
28.
485 FSupp. 1035, 1040 ( 1980).
29.
555 FSupp. 1164, 1172 ( 1982).
31.
Missouri Knights of the Ku Klux Klan v. City of Kansas City, Missouri, 723 FSupp. 1347, 1352 (W.D. Mo. 1989).

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