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 By 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 By Benjamin M. Compaine; Douglas Gomery Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 (3rd edition)
Media Diversity: Economics, Ownership, and the FCC By Mara Einstein Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004
The Telecommunications Industry By Susan E. McMaster Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Federal Regulation: A New Beginning, 1934-1956"
Stay Tuned: A History of American Broadcasting By Christopher H. Sterling; John Michael Kittross Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Formative Years of the FCC" begins on p. 207
Competition, Regulation, and Convergence: Current Trends in Telecommunications Policy Research By 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"
Reassessing Cable Access Channel Requirements under Deregulation By Ryu, Seung Kwan Communications and the Law, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2002
Epilogue to the Quiz Show Scandal: A Case Study of the FCC and Corporate Favoritism By 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 By Aufderheide, Patricia Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 46, No. 4, December 2002
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The Role of the Federal Communications Commission on the Path from the Vast Wasteland to the Fertile Plain By Abernathy, Kathleen Federal Communications Law Journal, Vol. 55, No. 3, May 2003
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