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."

Chairman Pai Proposes Updating TV White Space Rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed providing additional opportunities for unlicensed white space devices to deliver wireless broadband services in rural areas.

Campaign Reformers Push Back on NAB Political Ad Ask

Campaign reform groups are telling the Federal Communications Commission to reject broadcasters' petition to 'clarify' the FCC's disclosure requirements for third-party political ads and follow the National Association of Broadcasters' "rationally

Commissioner Starks Remarks to NAB Joint Board of Directors

Since day one as a Federal Communications Commissioner, I have been speaking up and speaking out to advance diversity in broadcast media.

Chairman Pai Statement on PIRATE Act Being Signed Into Law

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement about President Donald Trump signing the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE) Act into law:

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Mon, 01/27/2020 - 09:00 to Fri, 01/31/2020 - 17:00

The Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division is going on a Rural Tour through Arizona and New Mexico, Jan. 27-31, the sixth in a series of trips designed to build partnerships with local consumer groups and to hear directly from local consumers and community members about their telecommunications concerns.



House Communications Subcommittee Somewhat Divided on Promoting Media Marketplace Diversity

The House Communications Subcommittee was in agreement that more needed to be done to boost minority media ownership, but Republican members focused more on what they said broadcasters and cable operators were already doing to address the issue.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for January Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the January Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020:

Kicking Off the New Year in a Big Way

I'm sharing with my fellow commissioners a draft order that would establish the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, a modern approach for connecting those hardest-to-serve corners of our country.

2020: Year of Decision

We saw giant steps backward on communications, media, health, education, environment, voting rights, court appointments, money in politics, equal opportunity, women’s rights, labor rights… the list goes on and on.

Microsoft Pushes FCC to Act on White Spaces Petition

Microsoft is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to respond to its May 2019 petition for rulemaking on expanding access to the so-called white spaces between TV channels. The company wants the FCC to allow more sharing in the broadcast b