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."

In EBS vote, FCC denies special treatment for public broadcasters

Public broadcasters are reacting with disappointment to a Federal Communications Commission decision that will give cellular providers access to a swath of spectrum previously reserved for use by educational entities. The FCC’s July 10 vote affect

FCC Takes Some Heat for Changes to Children's TV Rules

The Federal Communications Commission took some heat after it voted to loosen its children's television rules. “Today’s FCC decision sacrifices children’s education and well-being all for corporate profit under the guise of flexibility," said Sen

FCC Modernizes Children's TV Programming Rules

The Federal Communications Commission updated its children’s television programming rules.

New Scandals Rock Government’s Foreign Broadcasting Service

The United States Agency for Global Media, the government’s foreign broadcast service, already struggling to clean house after a series

Senator Markey Leads Colleagues in Call for Maintaining Strong Children’s Television Rules

Sen Ed Markey (D-MA.) led eight of his Democratic colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission to maintain essential elements of the “Kid Vid” rules, which ensure access to children’s education programming on over-the-air broadca


Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Federal Communications Commission

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:00 to 13:45

The webinar will include an overview of the EAS and instructions on how to register and file in the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS).

How can we save New Jersey’s local news from the wrecking ball?

A demolition team rolled in to 9 Broadcast Plaza in early June, tearing down Northern New Jersey’s only broadcast television studio.

FCC Investigating Sinclair Over Tribune Deal

In a letter of inquiry sent by the Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau to Sinclair Broadcast Group General Counsel David Gibber, the FCC asks for documents releated to Sinclair's  aborted effort to buy Tribune TV stations and whether

Right to Connect: A Media-Policy Roadmap for Presidential Candidates

A platform of recommended media-and-tech policies for all presidential candidates. Over the summer of 2019, Free Press Action will send the platform to each of the presidential candidates.

Senators Warren, Sanders, Booker Urge FCC and DOJ to Review Sinclair Acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and the head of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, urging close scrutin