FCC (Federal Communications Commission)

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. The FCC is composed of five members, not more than four of whom may be members of the same political party, appointed by the president with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The commissioners are authorized to classify television and radio stations, to assign broadcasting frequencies, and to prescribe the nature of their service. The FCC has jurisdiction over standard, high-frequency, relay, international, television, and facsimile broadcasting stations and also has authority over experimental, amateur, coastal, aviation, strip, and emergency radio services; telegraph and interstate telephone companies; cellular telephone and paging systems; satellite facilities; and cable companies and Internet service providers. The commission is empowered to grant, revoke, renew, and modify broadcasting licenses. It superintended the relations between AT&T and its successor phone companies and later promoted competition between long-distance phone companies. In the 1990s the FCC was involved in battles over the regulation of both pricing and content in the cable television industry. With the rapid development of telecommunications technologies, particularly mobile communications systems, and the blurring of distinctions between cable television and local and long-distance telephone companies, the job of the FCC continues to become more complex.

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FCC (Federal Communications Commission): Selected full-text books and articles

Essential Principles of Communications Law
Donald E. Lively.
Praeger, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Broadcasting Industry"
Who Owns the Media? Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry
Benjamin M. Compaine; Douglas Gomery.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 (3rd edition)
Media Diversity: Economics, Ownership, and the FCC
Mara Einstein.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004
The Telecommunications Industry
Susan E. McMaster.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Federal Regulation: A New Beginning, 1934-1956"
Law and Disorder in Cyberspace: Abolish the FCC and Let Common Law Rule the Telecosm
Peter Huber.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Stay Tuned: A History of American Broadcasting
Christopher H. Sterling; John Michael Kittross.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Formative Years of the FCC" begins on p. 207
Freedom of the Air and the Public Interest: First Amendment Rights in Broadcasting to 1935
Louise M. Benjamin.
Southern Illinois University Press, 2001
Competition, Regulation, and Convergence: Current Trends in Telecommunications Policy Research
Sharon Eisner Gillett; Ingo Vogelsang.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Telecommunication Regulation in the United States and Europe: The Case for Centralized Authority"
Law and Regulation of Common Carriers in the Communications Industry
Daniel L. Brenner.
Westview Press, 1996 (2nd edition)
Reassessing Cable Access Channel Requirements under Deregulation
Ryu, Seung Kwan.
Communications and the Law, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2002
Enhancing Competition: Are Proposed Federal Communications Commission Rules That Treat Local Exchange Carrier Access to Multiple Tenant Environments a Taking?
Gordon, Kathryn.
Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 55, No. 1, December 2002
Epilogue to the Quiz Show Scandal: A Case Study of the FCC and Corporate Favoritism
Brinson, Susan L.
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 47, No. 2, June 2003
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Competition and Commons: The Public Interest in and after the AOL-Time Warner Merger
Aufderheide, Patricia.
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 46, No. 4, December 2002
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
The Role of the Federal Communications Commission on the Path from the Vast Wasteland to the Fertile Plain
Abernathy, Kathleen.
Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, May 2003
News Blackout: The FCC Was Getting Ready to Loosen the Rules Limiting Media Concentration. A Grassroots Movement Had Sprung Up to Derail the Plan. but You Wouldn't Have Learned Much about the Controversy from Many News Outlets Owned by the Big Conglomerates That Were Eager to Cash In
Layton, Charles.
American Journalism Review, Vol. 25, No. 8, December 2003
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