Turner Broadcasting System v. Federal Communications Commission
The History Of Cable Television, Regulation Begins, Back To District Court
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., et al.
Federal Communications Commission, et al.
That the Federal Communications Commission was violating the First Amendment rights of cable operators by requiring them to broadcast local channels.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
H. Bartow Farr III
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Anthony M. Kennedy (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
Date of Decision
31 March 1997
Requiring cable systems to broadcast local stations was a "content neutral" decision and therefore did not violate the First Amendment rights of the systems.
The Court furthered the concept of content-neutrality in this case which has and will set the standard for future First Amendment cases involving newer forms of communication such as the Internet.
- United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
- Red Lion Broadcasting, Co. v. FCC, 395 U.S. 367 (1969).
- Miami Herald Publishing Company v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974).
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