Cable System Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 47 USCS § 522 (7), [Title 47. Telegraphs, Telephones, and Radiotelegraphs; Chapter 5. Wire or Radio Communication; Cable Communications; General Provisions] the term cable system means “a facility, consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, reception, and control equipment that is designed to provide cable service which includes video programming and which is provided to multiple subscribers within a community, but such term does not include (A) a facility that serves only to retransmit the television signals of 1 or more television broadcast stations; (B) a facility that serves subscribers without using any public right-of-way; (C) a facility of a common carrier which is subject, in whole or in part, to the provisions of title II of this Act [47 USCS §§ 201 et seq.], except that such facility shall be considered a cable system (other than for purposes of section 621(c)) [47 USCS § 541(c)] to the extent such facility is used in the transmission of video programming directly to subscribers, unless the extent of such use is solely to provide interactive on-demand services; (D) an open video system that complies with section 653 of this title [47 USCS § 573] or (E) any facilities of any electric utility used solely for operating its electric utility systems.”