Federal Communications Commission
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "In the early 2000s, the FCC began stepping up censorship and enforcement of indecency regulations again, most notably following the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" that occurred during the halftime show of Super Bowl. However, the FCC's regulatory domain with respect to indecency remains restricted to the public airwaves, notably VHF and UHF television and AM/FM radio."
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a United States government agency, created, directed, and empowered by Congressional statute, and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current president.
The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 as the successor to the Federal Radio Commission and is charged with regulating all non-Federal Government use of the radio spectrum (including radio and television broadcasting), and all interstate telecommunications (wire, satellite and cable) as well as all international communications that originate or terminate in the United States. It is an important factor in US telecommunication policy. The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission.
The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
- frequency assignment authority
- open spectrum
- Ofcom (British equivalent)
- Mercedes divide
- FCC MB Docket 04-232