Vice Squad
Sunday, June 06, 2004
Censoring Cable Television

Though I don't object on principle to some obscenity regulation on broadcast TV and radio (even as I deplore the now large fines and the system of imposing them), the further one gets from broadcast, the less the rationale for government controls. Cable and satellite television involve (just through the monthly bills) a degree of control by the subscriber that goes beyond simple possession of a receiver. But it looks as if the US government will not be satisfied with driving Howard Stern to satellite radio. Professor Bainbridge has details.

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