Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Federal Communications Commission v. Beach Communications, Inc
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The Respondent, Satellite Master antenna television operators, brought suit against the Petitioner, the Federal Communication Commission (Petitioner), arguing the classification made between cable facilities in the Act violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The Respondents argue there is no rational basis for distinguishing between cable facilities that serve units under common ownership and facilities that serve separately owned units. The Respondents petitioned the Court of Appeals who found that the Act violated the implied equal protection guarantee of the Due Process Clause and saw no rational basis for the distinction. The Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) reversed the decision.
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