U.S. CONGRESSMANALAN LOWENTHALServing California's 47th District

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates much of what we see and hear in the media. Here are a few of the most common questions my office receives that deal with the FCC:

How can I learn about the rules for satellite television customers who want to receive network broadcast stations?


The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 set many new rules for satellite companies, local network television stations, and consumers. Most importantly, it created a procedure for how satellite customers could apply for a waiver from their local television stations. Without this waiver, the satellite companies cannot let a customer have network television signals from other cities.

Read a full explanation of the current law.


Is it true that there is a petition pending to get rid of religious broadcasting?

No, it is not true. However, the rumor has been around since about 1975, and congressional offices are still hearing from citizens every month who are worried about this alleged petition.

In addition, it is important to note that the FCC does not have the authority to prohibit television and radio stations from broadcasting religious programs.

Read more information on this issue.


How do I file a complaint with the FCC?


The FCC accepts complaints regarding all aspects of broadcasting including: telemarketing, telephone slamming, improper taxes, obscene broadcasts, and broadcast interference.

File a complaint with the FCC online.

If your complaint involves an allegation of fraud, you may want to contact the Federal Trade Commission instead.

If you would like my help with an FCC issue, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.

Capitol Hill Office

Washington, DC
125 Cannon HOB
(House Office Building)
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-7924
Fax: (202) 225-7926

Hours: 9am - 6pm EST

District Office

Long Beach
100 W. Broadway
West Tower Suite 600
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 436-3828
Fax: (562) 437-6434

Hours: 9am - 5pm PST

Satellite Office Days and Hours

  • Cypress
    Cypress City Hall
    5275 Orange Ave
    Cypress, CA 90630

    By Appointment Only
    Call (562) 436-3828

  • Garden Grove
    Garden Grove City Hall
    11222 Acacia Pkwy
    (3rd Floor, Rm. 333)
    Garden Grove, CA 92840

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    2:00pm - 4:30pm

  • Westminster
    Westminster Community Services Building
    8200 Westminster Blvd
    Westminster, CA 92683

    Hours: Wednesdays,
    10:00am - 12:30pm

  • Stanton
    Stanton City Hall
    7800 Katella Ave
    Stanton, CA 90680

    By Appointment Only
    Call (562) 436-3828

Please address all mail or correspondence to the Long Beach or Washington, DC offices.