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Chapter 10 Notes - Exam 4 Study Guide Rules and Regulations...

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Exam 4 Study Guide Rules and Regulations - Scarcity Theory (Traditional Rationale) - Electromagnetic spectrum is a limited national resource - Government reserves the right to give obligations and regulations to those allowed to broadcast - Pervasive Presence Theory (Recent Rationale) - TV and radio are so pervasive and potentially intrusive (much more so than print media) that the public needs some protection from unwanted or offensive messages - This theory is the basis for policies and court rulings - The Supreme Court’s duty is to interpret the constitution - The Court gives more leeway to print media because they aren’t as intrusive - Sets the foundational principles for protection from media intrusion - Ex. Protection for kids and what they watch Government Involvement in Regulation - Wireless Ship Act (1910) : Recap - large at-sea vessels must be equipped with wireless sets - Radio Act of 1912 : Recap - post-titanic regulation that required radio operators to get licenses from the Secretary of Commerce (assigned frequencies and hours of operation to prevent interference at sea) - 1920 : spectrum interference still a problem even after the Radio Act of 1912 —change was needed - Radio Act of 1927 : - Principles of the Scarcity Theory o Spectrum is publicly owned o Stations should operate in the public interest o Government censorship is prohibited - Federal Radio Commission (FRC) was created to grant licenses and make rules (these rules were subject to judicial review by the Supreme Court) - FRC eliminated the interference problem and strengthened the “public interest” mentality - Communications Act of 1934 o Expanded FRC from 5-7 members o Bulk of 1927 legislation included and strengthened in Title III of the Communications Act of 1934 o Part of Title 47 of the US code of federal regulations o Transformed the FRC into the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (now includes wireless and telephone) o Important Sections: Section 301: spectrum users must be licensed 312: federal candidates must have access to facilities
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315: equal time section is important 326: FCC prohibited from censoring radio and TV content o Remained a flexible and influential broadcasting law for nearly 70 years— amended and reshaped response to problems and changing technology o Ex. 1959 - illegal to rig quiz shows o Ex. Communications Satellite Act - expanded regulatory powers of the FCC o Ex. FFC regulation of cable (originally refused to regulate, then began to regulate, then came up with new set of rules favorable to cable) - Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 o Allowed cable systems to set their own rates - Telecom Act of 1996 o FCC back to 5 members o Most significant piece of electronic legislation in more than 60 years o Intended to create competition between cable and phone companies o Removed limits on number of radio station that one person could own o Liberalized rules covering local ownership o
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course TELE 3010 taught by Professor L.benjamin during the Fall '07 term at UGA.

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Chapter 10 Notes - Exam 4 Study Guide Rules and Regulations...

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