Information Reported by Federal Organizations on the Purpose, Duration, and Cost Associated With Cable Television

CED-76-149: Published: Sep 15, 1976. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1982.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO compiled information received from Federal organizations about the number of agencies, purpose, duration, and cost associated with cable television for system planning, construction, operation, experimentation, and research.

Eighteen Federal organizations reported that: (1) about $11.3 million in contracts and grants had been spent for cable television from February 1970 through September 1975; and (2) about $9.7 million in guaranteed loans had been approved during July 1966 through April 1976. Additional funding was also reported for other communications projects, which included cable television, but the funding level directly related to cable could not be determined. In most cases, the agencies reported no formal coordination in the area of cable television. None of the agencies reported any specific guidelines for using cable television funds.

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