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COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934, AS AMENDED AN ACT To provide for the regulation of interstate and foreign communication by
wire or radio, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
TITLE I-GENERAL PROVISIONS
PURPOSES OF ACT, CREATION OF FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS
SECTION 1. [47 U.S.C. 151) For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communication, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the "Federal Communications Commission," which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this Act.2
APPLICATION OF ACT SEC. 2. [47 U.S.C. 152] (a) The provisions of this act shall apply to all interstate and foreign communication by wire or radio and all interstate and foreign transmission of energy by radio, which originates and/or is received within the United States, and to all persons engaged within the United States in such communication or such transmission of energy by radio, and to the licensing and regulating of all radio stations as hereinafter provided; but it shall
1 The provision relating to the promotion of safety of life and property was added by "An Act to amend the Communications Act of 1934, etc.” Public Law 97, 75th Congress, approved and effective May 20, 1937, 50 Stat. 189.
2 Section 202 of Public Law 97-259, 96 Stat. 1087, 1099, Sept. 13, 1982, provides:
(a) The National Telecommunications and Information Administration shall conduct a comprehensive study of the long-range international telecommunications and information goals of the United States, the specific international telecommunications and information policies necessary to promote those goals and the strategies that will ensure that the United States achieves them. The Administration shall further conduct a review of the structures, procedures, and mechanisms which are utilized by the United States to develop international telecommunications and information policy.
(b) In any study or review conducted pursuant to this section, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration shall not make public information regarding usage or traffic patterns which would damage United States commercial interests. Any such study or review shall be limited to international
telecommunications policies or to domestic telecommunications issues which directly affect such policies.
Title VI-Cable Communications
Part I. General Provisions
Part II. Use of Cable Channels and Cable Ownership Restrictions
611 Cable Channels for Public, Educational, or Governmental Use........
612 Cable Channels for Commercial Use .
613 Ownership Restrictions
Part III. Franchising and Regulation
621 General Franchise Requirements.
622 Franchise Fees ...
623 Regulation of Rates
624 Regulation of Services, Facilities, and Equipment.
625 Modification of Franchise Obligations......
627 Conditions of Sale.
Part IV. Miscellaneous Provisions
631 Protection of Subscriber Privacy
632 Consumer Protection......
633 Unauthorized Reception of Cable Service.
634 Equal Employment Opportunity
636 Coordination of Federal, State, and Local Authority
637 Existing Franchises ...
638 Criminal and Civil Liability
639 Obscene Programming.
Title VII—Miscellaneous Provisions
701 Transfer to Commission of Duties, Powers, and Functions under Ex-
702 Repeals and Amendments.....
703 Transfer of Employees, Records, Property, and Appropriations
Effect of Transfers, Repeals, and Amendments....
705 Unauthorized Publication of Communications ..........
706 War Emergency-Powers of President........
707 Effective Date of Act.........
708 Separability Clause
709 Short Title..
710 Telephone Service for the Disabled..
711 Telecommunications Policy Study Commission.
Index to the Communications Act of 1934, as Amended...
Index to Public Laws Amending the Communications Act
Public Laws in Chronological Order.
Public Laws by Sections Affected..
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