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Ownership Policy and the Cable Industry


Ralph Lee Smith


Three patterns are emerging in the ownership of cable television systems in the United States. First, ownership is concentrating in fewer and fewer hands. Second, cable systems are increasingly owned by companies that own other types of communications media, or own sources of programming material, or own firms that are actual or potential manufacturers of cable hardware. Third, ownership by non-profit educational, cultural, civic, and community groups, or by minority groups, is being · excluded in the nation's major' cities and metropolitan areas by the economics of cable system construction and financing.

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