Skip Navigation

Federal Communications Commission

English Display Options

FCC Encyclopedia

Cable Television

Cable television is a video delivery service provided by a cable operator to subscribers via a coaxial or fiber optic cable.  Other subscription video service distributors include direct broadcast satellite providers, home satellite dishes and local telephone companies.   The Commission’s rules and regulations relating to cable television include carriage of television broadcast signals, commercial leased access, program access and carriage, commercial availability of set-top boxes, emergency alert systems and the accessibility of closed captioning and video description of television programming. In addition to video services, most cable operators offer non-video services, including high-speed Internet access and telephony.

close
FCC

You are leaving the FCC website

You are about to leave the FCC website and visit a third-party, non-governmental website that the FCC does not maintain or control. The FCC does not endorse any product or service, and is not responsible for, nor can it guarantee the validity or timeliness of the content on the page you are about to visit. Additionally, the privacy policies of this third-party page may differ from those of the FCC.