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Does the FCC regulate TV content?

Does the FCC regulate TV content?

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

How does the FCC regulate television?

The Television Branch of the Video Services Division licenses and regulates both commercial and noncommercial broadcast UHF and VHF television stations. Licensing and regulation of these facilities is prescribed by the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which sets up certain basic requirements.

What legislation allows one company to own television stations that reach up to 35 percent of US homes?

the Telecommunications Act of 1996
2. In the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act), Congress directed the Commission to amend its rules to increase the national audience reach cap from 25 percent to 35 percent and eliminate the restriction on owning more than 12 broadcast television stations nationwide.

What is the FCC must carry rule?

Must-carry rules, first instituted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1965, require cable systems to carry local broadcast television stations. Since their inception, some must-carry rules have been found to be constitutional while others have not. They have been frequently altered.

How much is an FCC fine?

For broadcast radio and television stations and cable operators, the Enforcement Bureau says the new daily maximum penalty for each violation will be $51,827 up to a maximum of $518,283 for any single violation or failure to comply with FCC rules.

What is the purpose and function of the FCC?

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

What is the maximum number of radio stations that a company can currently own nationwide?

In a radio market with 45 or more stations, an entity may own up to eight radio stations, no more than five of which may be in the same service (AM or FM). In a radio market with between 30 and 44 radio stations, an entity may own up to seven radio stations, no more than four of which may be in the same service.

Who does the Telecommunications Act apply to?

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business — to let any communications business compete in any market against any other.

What are the must-carry retransmission consent rules?

Retransmission consent is a provision of the 1992 United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act that requires cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to obtain permission from commercial broadcasters before carrying their programming.

What is a must-carry channel and who must-carry it?

Must-carry is a privilege given to television stations, not a cable company. A cable company cannot use must-carry to demand the right to carry an over-the-air station against the station’s wishes.

Why is swearing not allowed on TV?

Because obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment, it is prohibited on cable, satellite and broadcast TV and radio. However, the same rules for indecency and profanity do not apply to cable, satellite TV and satellite radio because they are subscription services.