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Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission Denver Area Educational Telecommunications Consortium

Decision, Significance, Justice Breyer's Contextual Balancing Approach, Justice Kennedy's Categorical Approach


Denver Area Educational Consortium, et al.


Federal Communications Commission, et al.

Petitioner's Claim

That various regulations implementing the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act, which regulated indecent and obscene programming on cable television, violated the free speech rights of cable access programmers and cable television viewers under the First Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

I. Michael Greenberger

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Lawrence G. Wallace

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer (writing for the Court), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 June 1996

Related Cases

  • Kovacs v. Cooper, 336 U.S. 77 (1949).
  • Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978).
  • Sable Communications of California, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, 492 U.S. 115 (1989).
  • Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, 512 U.S. 622 (1994).
  • Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 512 U.S. 844 (1997).

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