The Federal Communications Commission: Front Line in the Culture and Regulation Wars (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 378 pages
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In its more than seventy years of existence, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has emerged as one of the most important and controversial agencies in the United States government. As an independent regulatory commission, the FCC possesses an expansive legislative mandate to formulate a national communications policy. Using its authority, the FCC has done such far-reaching things as setting rates for long distance telephone service, creating rules and standards for broadcast programming, writing regulations for providers of cable television and information services, and, in recent decades, introducing competition in virtually every sector of the communications industry. As the FCC has gone about implementing its statutory mandate, it has frequently been the target of criticism by interest groups and members of Congress. Even these critics, however, would have a hard time imagining how a task as complicated as the formulation of a national telecommunications policy could be accomplished without the expertise and full time attention of an agency such as the FCC.

The first work to integrate detailed information on the FCC as an organization--its politics, key policy initiatives, and legal issues--offers students, researchers, and general readers alike easy access to an array of topics related to the FCC. Chapters discuss the agency's origins, organization, programs, controversies, notable people, and significant court cases. Topics include the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Michael Powell, Verizon Communications Inc. v. FCC, the Fairness Doctrine, telephone-cable competition, and indecency. A comprehensive annotated bibliography lists sources for further research.

  

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Contents

The FCC The Origins and Purpose of an Agency
1
Broadcast Regulation
3
The Federal Communications Commission
5
Early FCC Activity 19341960
6
The Era of Competition 1979Present
7
Common Carriers
9
Provisions Relating to Radio
13
Procedural and Administrative Provisions
16
The Carterfone Decision
62
The Above 890 Decision
63
The Specialized Common Carrier Decision
64
Breakup of the Bell System
65
The Access Charge Decision
66
Rate Regulation
67
Continuing Surveillance 19341964
68
Price Caps Regulation 1989Present
69

Penal Provisions
18
Miscellaneous Provisions
22
Profiling an Organization
26
Organization and Procedures
27
The Commission
29
The Policymaking Bureaus
30
The Staff Offices
35
FCC Decisionmaking Processes
38
Broadcast Licensing
40
The FCC and the Public
44
Public Participation and Information Requests
45
The Political Environment
49
Regulated Industries
53
The White House
54
The Courts
55
Citizen Groups and Members of the Public
56
Notable Controversies in Telephone Regulation
59
The Telephone Investigation and United States v Western Electric
60
The Telephone Equipment Controversies
61
Computer I
70
Computer III
71
TelephoneCable Competition
72
The Video DialTone Decision
73
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
74
Telephone Industry Competition
75
TelephoneCable Competition
76
Universal Service
77
Notable Controversies in Mass Media Regulation
79
Biographies of the Commissioners
159
Annotated Supreme Court Decisions 19302004
207
Chronology of Key Events
221
Case List 19282004
231
Instructions for FCC Form 303S Application for Renewal of Broadcast Station License and FCC Form 303S
293
Policy Statement In the Matter of Industry Guidance on the Commissions Case Law Interpreting 18 USC Sect 1464 and Enforcement Policies Regardi...
333
Annotated Bibliography
351
Index
373
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

KIMBERLY DALIANIS ZARKIN is Assistant Professor of Communications at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. She is author of Anti-Indecency Groups and the Federal Communications Commission: A Study in the Politics of Broadcast Regulation (2003).

MICHAEL J. ZARKIN is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. He is author of Social Learning and the History Of U.S. Telecommunications Policy, 1900-1996 (2003).

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