FCC - Federal Communications Commission
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.
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.
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.