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Cable Television and the Impact of Regulation


  • William S. Comanor
  • Bridger M. Mitchell


Recently proposed regulations by the Federal Communications Commission would allow cable television firms to import distant television signals into major urban markets, require local origination of programs by the cable system, and set minimum requirements for channel capacity, signal quality, and fees paid to copyright owners and to non-commercial television stations. This paper explores the impact of such regulatory changes by means of a detailed simulation model of a typical firm.

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  • William S. Comanor & Bridger M. Mitchell, 1971. "Cable Television and the Impact of Regulation," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 2(1), pages 154-212, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:2:y:1971:i:spring:p:154-212

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    1. Westfield, Fred M, 1971. "Methodology of Evaluating Economic Regulation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 61(2), pages 211-217, May.
    2. MacAvoy, Paul W, 1971. "The Regulation-Induced Shortage of Natural Gas," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 14(1), pages 167-199, April.
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    1. H.S. Hothi & R.G. Bodkin, 1980. "An Exploratory Study of the USA Demand for Pay T.V. in the Mid-1970's," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 6(1), pages 39-51, January.
    2. Robert B. Ekelund Jr & Edward O. Price III, 2012. "The Economics of Edwin Chadwick," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14915.
    3. Bandyopadhyay, Saurabh & Singh, Tejinder, 2014. "Factors Affecting Choice of Cable Services in Small Towns of India," MPRA Paper 58618, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. João Leitão, 2004. "Demand Pull and Supply Push in Portuguese Cable Television," Econometrics 0411009, EconWPA.
    5. Czygan, Marco, 1997. "Wettbewerb bei der Distribution des Fernsehens und Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung," Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers 13, Ilmenau University of Technology, Institute of Economics.
    6. Bruce M. Owen & Peter R. Greenhalgh, 1986. "Competitive Considerations In Cable Television Franchising," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 4(2), pages 69-79, April.
    7. Waterman, David & Weiss, Andrew A., 1996. "The effects of vertical integration between cable television systems and pay cable networks," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 72(1-2), pages 357-395.
    8. Berliant, Marcus & Wang, Ping, 2008. "Urban growth and subcenter formation: A trolley ride from the Staples Center to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, pages 679-693.

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