Cable blocker law challenged

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The Supreme Court Monday said it will hear arguments against a federal law allowing cable companies to bar indecent material from leased and public access channels. The law, passed in 1992 after criticism of some public access programming, allows cable operators to either bar such material or put it on blocked channels that can be unblocked only on a subscriber's written request. The law also makes cable companies liable for any programs that violate obscenity laws. Program producers argue that the law violates the First Amendment.

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