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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Notes: Wednesday, November 10 th 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 - 1927 Radio Act : - Principles of the Scarcity Theory o Spectrum is publicly owned o Stations should operate in the public interest...
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- Fall '07
- Supreme Court of the United States, Federal Communications Commission, Radio Act, scarcity theory, FCC political agenda