From the moment it emerged as an independently viable communications medium, the cable television industry has been forced to operate within the shadow of regulatory oversight. With passage of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992,' and judicial endorsement of much of that legislation in Turner BroadcastingSystem, Inc. v. F.C.C., cable's future rests squarely in the hands of the federal government. Congress, with some help from the Supreme Court, has made it clear that any blueprints for the future of the nation's communications infrastructure will have to pass through Washington. This article is divided into four parts. Part I explains the Turner decision and its major holdings. Part II looks at an important macro-level aspect of the decision-the Court's search for a regulatory model for cable television. Parts III and IV focus more on the micro-level consequences of the Court's decision.

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