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Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984

The Cable Communications Policy Act (CCPA) is a U.S. law passed in 1984 to amend the 1934 Communications Act. CCPA deregulated the U.S. cable industry, which meant it was no longer subject to federal price controls and allowed local governments to oversee cable franchise agreements. The intent of CCPA was to increase competition, thus benefiting consumers, but some critics argue that cable monopolies resulted in higher prices and decreased service quality. Many proponents argue that the CCPA spurred investment in communications and provided public access to the airways. This entry provides an overview of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, including its origins, impact, and legal concerns surrounding it.

Origins

In the mid-1980s when CCPA became law, cable operators and local regulators were clashing, especially in ...

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