National Cable Television Assn. v. United States
415 U.S. 336 (1974)

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National Cable Television Assn. v. United States, 415 U.S. 336 (1974)

National Cable Television Assn., Inc. v. United States

No. 72-948

Argued December 3, 1973

Decided March 4, 1974

415 U.S. 336


The Independent Offices Appropriation Act, 1952 (hereafter the Act), authorizes each federal agency to prescribe by regulation such fee for the agency's services as is determined to be fair and equitable, taking into consideration the direct and indirect "cost to the Government, value to the recipient, public policy or interest served, and other pertinent facts. . . ." Pursuant to the Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in revising fees imposed upon community antenna television (CATV) systems, first estimated its direct and indirect costs for CATV regulations, and then, while retaining filing fees, added an annual fee for each CATV system at the rate of 30

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