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Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commn.

United States Supreme Court
512 U.S. 622 (1994)


Facts

Sections 4 and 5 of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 require cable television systems to devote a portion of their channels to the transmission of local broadcast television stations. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (plaintiff) brought suit in district court against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (defendant) on the grounds that these regulations impermissibly restricted their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The district court ruled that the regulations did not violate the First Amendment, and Turner Broadcasting appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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