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Document Details


Title: Henry Geller
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Cable Center. Barco Library. Special Collections
Collection: Cable Center Oral History Collection
Description: Henry Geller was a key architect of many of the federal regulations that governed the cable industry in the 1960s and 1970s. As a believer in the duty of government to regulate business in the public interest, his views often clashed with those of the cable operators’ who for the most part believed the government had little right to intervene in their business. Geller was born in Springfield, Mass., in 1924 and raised in Detroit, Mich. He graduated from the University of Michigan, served in the US Army and graduated from Northwestern Law School. After moving to Washington, DC, he found a job with the Federal Communications Commission, rising to the position of Deputy General Counsel and then General Counsel during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. Following a series of victories in the courts which established the rights of the FCC to regulate cable in the mid 1960s the FCC, with Geller in the top legal position, drafted a series of regulations designed to protect broadcast stations from what the Commission viewed as unfair competition from cable. These included the distant signal limitation and the network non duplication rules. Geller played a key role in drafting those regulations and in such issues as cable copyright and pole attachment. In his oral history, Geller discusses his philosophical views on the need for government regulation of cable, his role in drafting the regulations of the 1960s and 70s and his association with many of the other figures in government and industry who played key roles in these matters.
URL: http://www.cablecenter.org/education/library/oralHistoryDetails.cfm?id=228
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1985 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Geller, Henry, 1924-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1924
Speaker place of birth: Springfield, MA; Massachusetts; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 61
Document location: Washington, DC
Document date: Nov-1985
Interviewer: Paglin, Max D.
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Broadcasting; Cable television--United States; North America; Oral history; Public broadcasting; Television; Television programs; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Cable administrators
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022732-24139