Is the FCC unconstitutional?

What is prohibited by the FCC?

Federal law prohibits obscene, indecent and profane content from being broadcast on the radio or TV. That may seem clear enough, but determining what obscene, indecent and profane mean can be difficult, depending on who you talk to.

What power does the FCC have?

The FCC has limited legal authority to act on complaints relating to the content of television or radio programming.

Who owns the FCC?

An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.

Can the FCC make its own rules?

The FCC issues a legislative rule under authority given to it by Congress in statutes. The statutory delegation of authority can range from broad discretionary authority to a very specific mandate. For example, Congress broadly requires the FCC to grant broadcast licenses in the public interest.

Is FCC mandatory?

Most electronic devices with the ability to oscillate above 9 kHz must get an FCC Certification. All devices must be tested and meet emission rules, to comply with current regulations before receiving FCC Certification.

What types of violations do the FCC handle?

Technical Rule Violations

  • Antenna Structure Registration, Lighting and Marking Requirements.
  • Unlicensed Operations.
  • Wireless 911 and E911 Violations.
  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) Violations.
  • Cable Signal Leakage Enforcement.
  • Interference Complaints.

What are the FCC must carry rules?

A: Must-carry stations are generally guaranteed carriage on the cable system on a preferred channel number. Commercial television stations have the option of electing must-carry status or retransmission consent status, whereas noncommercial television stations may only seek carriage on a must-carry basis.

What is FCC rules and regulations?

The 1934 Act set up the FCC as an agency to regulate all interstate and foreign communication by wire, radio, telephone, telegraph, and broadcasting. The FCC regulates the offering for sale and use of devices that radiate RF energy (non-ionizing radiation).

What is an FCC violation?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines indecent speech as material that, in context, depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium.

Do FCC complaints do anything?

The FCC cannot resolve all individual complaints, but we can provide information about your possible next steps. The collective data we receive from complaints helps us keep a pulse on what consumers are experiencing, may lead to investigations and serves as a deterrent to the companies we regulate.

Does the Fairness Doctrine violate the First Amendment?

In 1985, under FCC Chairman, Mark S. Fowler, a communications attorney who had served on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign staff in 1976 and 1980, the FCC released a report stating that the doctrine hurt the public interest and violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.