ON FEBRUARY 2, 1972 the Federal Communications Commission a issued the Cable Television Report and Order, which established a new set of ground rules for cable television.!! The Report and Order affects such controversial areas as the use of broadcast television signals, access to cable television, and intergovernmental regulatory relationships. For a change, practically all parties professed happiness with -or at least acquiescence in -the regulations; the Chairman of the National Cable Television Association even termed them "the watershed" of cable development. The rules theoretically represent a thaw in the "freeze" on cable television, but realistically are only a nominal change from the status quo.
1971 Ann. Surv. Am. L. 577 (1971-1972)