Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 1 decade ago

Does America really need the FCC?

The FCC regulates public communications such as the TV and radio. But is this really necessary? I understand that it is for the public well being, but shouldn't that be up to the parents and people who are worried about being offended? If a parent is worried about their 8 year old daughter hearing something offensive on the radio, then they should keep them away from the radio. This concept can be applied to household chemicals. You would hide the bleach and Lysol under the sink so your kids won't get a hold of it and accidentally spray themselves in the face with the product. So why can't public communications be treated the same way? If I don't approve of my kids watching porn on TV then I will turn the TV off and have them do something else. That easy.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The purpose of the FCC covers a good deal more than tv and radio. They also do things like; organize the allocation of the EM spectrum and enforce the rules as to who can operate in what bands, how.

    If you'll compare it to household chemicals you might compare them to whatever agency determines which chemicals can be sold under what pretense in given combinations and in what ways they need to be labeled for safety information.

    To say the FCC regulates does not imply censorship either:

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.


    The FCC is directed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The President designates one of the Commissioners to serve as Chairperson. Only three Commissioners may be members of the same political party. None of them can have a financial interest in any Commission-related business.

    As the chief executive officer of the Commission, the Chairman delegates management and administrative responsibility to the Managing Director. The Commissioners supervise all FCC activities, delegating responsibilities to staff units and Bureaus.

    Bureaus and Offices

    The Commission staff is organized by function. There are seven operating Bureaus and ten Staff Offices. The Bureaus’ responsibilities include: processing applications for licenses and other filings; analyzing complaints; conducting investigations; developing and implementing regulatory programs; and taking part in hearings. Our Offices provide support services. Even though the Bureaus and Offices have their individual functions, they regularly join forces and share expertise in addressing Commission issues.

    Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau - educates and informs consumers about telecommunications goods and services and engages their input to help guide the work of the Commission. CGB coordinates telecommunications policy efforts with industry and with other governmental agencies — federal, tribal, state and local — in serving the public interest.

    Enforcement Bureau - enforces the Communications Act, as well as the Commission’s rules, orders and authorizations.

    International Bureau - represents the Commission in satellite and international matters.

    Media Bureau - regulates AM, FM radio and television broadcast stations, as well as cable television and satellite services.

    Wireless Telecommunications - oversees cellular and PCS phones, pagers and two-way radios. This Bureau also regulates the use of radio spectrum to fulfill the communications needs of businesses, aircraft and ship operators, and individuals.

    Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau - addresses public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management, and other related issues.

    Wireline Competition Bureau - responsible for rules and policies concerning telephone companies that provide interstate, and under certain circumstances intrastate, telecommunications services to the public through the use of wire-based transmission facilities (i.e., corded/cordless telephones).

    Office of Administrative Law Judges - presides over hearings, and issues Initial Decisions.

    Office of Communications Business Opportunities - provides advice to the Commission on issues and policies concerning opportunities for ownership by small, minority and women-owned communications businesses.

    Office of Engineering And Technology - allocates spectrum for non-Government use and provides expert advice on technical issues before the Commission.

    Office of The General Counsel - serves as chief legal advisor to the Commission's various Bureaus and Offices.

    Office of Inspector General - conducts and supervises audits and investigations relating to the operations of the Commission.

    Office of Legislative Affairs - is the Commission’s main point of contact with Congress.

    Office of The Managing Director - functions as a chief operating official, serving under the direction and supervision of the Chairman.

    Office of Media Relations - informs the news media of FCC decisions and serves as the Commission‘s main point of contact with the media.

    Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis - works with the Chairman, Commissioners, Bureaus and Offices to develop strategic plans identifying policy objectives for the agency.

    Office of Work Place Diversity - advises the Commission on all issues related to workforce diversity, affirmative recruitment and equal employment opportunity.

    Though these days, people in many countries have been looking to agencies and service providers to enforce censorship even based on parental rules because if you want to complain about something or feel that something is horribly wrong - you go to the highest authority over the medium by which the threat you percieve is transmitted - in this case that means that in the US the FCC falls into that place very often.

  • audet
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The legimitimate purpose of the FCC is come to a selection which agencies get to broadcast on what television channels, what radio stations, and so on. it somewhat is to maintain 2 distinctive agencies from the two broadcasting on channel six in basic terms ten miles from one yet another, because of the fact that their conflicting alerts could in basic terms interefere. The FCC has truthfully no business enterprise in cable television nor in censorship. I accept as true with you that ANY censorship by ability of the FCC is unconstitutional. what's exceedingly an outrage is whilst a community gets fined for something that befell stay. How can they deplete the community to censor somebody stay? They heavily anticipate each little thing to have a postpone so the censors have time to act. it somewhat is unfair, impractical, and completely opposite to freedom.

  • 1 decade ago

    The FCC is just another corporate image, like politics and religion, to gather money from the masses and tell others how to live.

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