Radio: Freedom Not to Listen

For the past two years, the radio-equipped buses and streetcars of Washington's Capital Transit Co. have resounded with syrupy popular music and insistent commercials. Some of the defenseless passengers objected strongly enough to protest to the Public Utilities Commission. Defeated there, they went to court. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed unanimously with the protesting passengers, ruled that they have a constitutional right not to listen while they ride.


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