Broadcasting

Free, over-the-air television and radio; community-based, low-power FM radio stations; public radio and television; and the obligations of licensees to serve the public interest. A key principle of federal communications law is that in exchange for free use of the public airwaves broadcasters agree to take actions to benefit the public. These principles are enshrined in the Radio Act of 1927 and the Communications Act of 1934 in the mandate that "broadcasting serve the public interest, convenience and necessity."

President Trump threatens networks, saying it's 'disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want'

President Donald Trump has threatened press freedoms before, but on Oct 11 he went a step further: suggesting that television networks lose their federal broadcast licenses for what he considers “fake news.” In comments to reporters in the Oval Of

President Trump Can’t Pull NBC’s ‘License’ – But That Doesn’t Mean Stations Are Safe

President Trump’s threat to pull NBC’s license doesn’t make sense for a lot of reasons — starting with the fact that NBC doesn’t have a license to begin with.

President Trump threatens NBC over critical coverage

President Donald Trump suggested that media companies which report critically on him should be punished by having their television station licenses revoked.

Senator Markey Calls on FCC to Reject Trump Threats to Revoke NBC Broadcast License, Undermine FCC Independence

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to reject any efforts by President Donald Trump or his administration to infringe on the First Amendment or undermine the independence of the FCC.

Chairman Pai Remarks at Reagan Presidential Library

As the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, I have a special interest in the progress that was made in communications and technology policy during the Reagan Administration.

Google Fiber and the future of cable

[Commentary] Cable is no longer the “bottleneck” that Congress once assumed it was for delivering video into American homes.

Retransmission Blackouts During Disasters Hurt All

[Commentary] To allow stations in the middle of a retransmission fight when hurricanes or other disasters loom as Lilly Broadcasting and Hearst did is not too smart.

Sinclair to FCC: We're Priming Divestiture Pump

Sinclair has told the Federal Communications Commission it is taking steps to spin off whatever stations it will need to comply with national or local ownership limits on its proposed $2.9 billion merger with Tribune, but that it is not identifyin

A Jump-Start for Restoring Communications Networks in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria has had a catastrophic impact on communications networks in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Federal Communications Commission has been doing a lot to assist with repair and restoration—and that work continues.

ACA to Pai: Blackouts Are Bad-Faith Bargaining Tactics

The American Cable Association wrote Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Oct 3 to ask him to add retransmission blackouts to the list of off-limits bad-faith bargaining.