To begin to comprehend the issues and the many laws and regulations related to satellite and cable industries in the United States, one must first understand a bit about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Congress created the FCC when it enacted the Communications Act of 1934. The Act was intended in part to help regulate interstate and foreign commerce in communications via wire and radio to help make available a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide wire and radio communications service. Note that the term “radio” has been interpreted in its most inclusive sense to also apply to television. The FCC has grown into a very large governmental agency, and its functions have expanded to include oversight of the satellite and cable telecommunications media. Questions about satellite or cable laws or regulations are most likely addressed by the FCC.
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