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The Telecommunication Act of 1966 (Allow a single owner control of local TV stations covering up to 35% of population in an area.). By: Sachin Telhan TCOM 500: Summer 2004. Background. On February 8, 1966 Bill Clinton Signed into Law Was supported by Congress

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The Telecommunication Act of 1966(Allow a single owner control of local TV stations covering up to 35% of population in an area.)

By: Sachin Telhan

TCOM 500: Summer 2004


Background
Background

  • On February 8, 1966 Bill Clinton Signed into Law

  • Was supported by Congress

  • The 1996 Act replaced 62 year old Act

  • Primary Goal of the Telecom Act of 1996

  • Vice President Al Gore quoted “…”

  • Congress supported the technology must be available to everyone


Broadcasters
Broadcasters

  • Broadcast Companies had two Key Objectives:

    • Relief from FCC on Limits of Broadcasting station

    • Spectrum Flexibility

  • Legislators Agreed & Disagreed


Why 35 ownership
Why 35 % Ownership ???

  • Radio Station only got half ….

  • TV Station won a removal of ownership…

  • Democracy vs. Sponsors of the Act ???

  • The NEW Act is Limiting…

  • Act did not eliminate existing rules

  • Future Spectrum

  • FCC vs. First Amendment Right


References
References

  • http://www.fcc.gov

  • http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/archive/telecomm/drake2.htm

  • http://isinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/media/telecomc.htm

  • http://www.nado.org/legaffair/telact.html

  • http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/U/htmlU/uspolicyt/uspolicyt.htm


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