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.