1927 Radio Act. Creates Federal Radio Commission. New Language: Licenses will be granted “if public convenience, interest, and necessity will be served thereby…”. Instills principle of “Localism”. 1934 Federal Communications Act. Creates Federal Communications Commission.
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Creates Federal Radio Commission
New Language: Licenses will be granted “if public convenience, interest, and necessity will be served thereby…”
Instills principle of “Localism”
Creates Federal Communications Commission
New Language: Licensees must operate in the “public interest, convenience, and necessity…”
Retains principle of “localism”
Equal-Time Rule: If a news orgn provides access to a political viewpoint, it must provide equal time to opposing viewpoints.
A Regulatory Framework
“Television is just another appliance. It's a toaster with pictures. Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanisms what they wish to see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine?"
--Mark Fowler, FCC Chairman, 1981
Broadcast ownership restrictions lifted
Terms of Licenses extended to 8 years
Allows cross-media ownership
Gives away digital spectrum