TV Indecency Rule Struck Down by U.S. Appeals Court

Posted July 14th, 2010 by Deslock Darkstar

A federal appeals court in New York struck down a U.S. Federal Communications Commission policy that penalizes profanity in broadcasting, saying it violates the television networks’ First Amendment right to free speech....

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Federal appeals court tosses FCC's fleeting expletives policy

Posted July 13th, 2010 by wtfk

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court on Tuesday tossed out a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television, concluding that the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters.

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The Radio Pirate Goes Legit

Posted May 30th, 2010 by losingfeeling

"Does that make him a total sellout? Or just lucky? ... when Roberts began broadcasting in San Francisco, he didn't hide from the authorities. Instead, he argued that his station was operating legally, based on a little-known provision in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations that allows unlicensed broadcasting in times of war — and the War on Terror qualifies, does it not?"

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FCC Issues $10k Fines To NY, NJ Pirates

Posted May 14th, 2010 by SamInTx

May 13, 2010: The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has issued a pair of $10,000 forfeiture orders related to unauthorized FM broadcasts.

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Pirate radio ordered to stop

Posted April 25th, 2010 by FreeTalkFan

Flava 105.5 lacks license
According the the FCC's website, operating an unlicensed radio station is punishable by steep fines, seizure of equipment and, in rare cases, criminal prosecution.

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FCC Attempting to End Free TV

Posted January 19th, 2010 by libertylover

FCC is currently considering a proposal to limit the amount of spectrum broadcasters can use. This proposal could eliminate free, over-the-air antenna TV. The FCC proposal will leave viewers with only the pay for TV options of satellite or cable. FCC's Bellaria Says Broadcasters Lobbying Against Scenario That's No Longer On Table

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AT&T Requests Transition from Analog to Broadband

Posted January 2nd, 2010 by assawyer

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve a switch from legacy landline networks to broadband and IP-based connections. AT&T argues that 99 percent of Americans have wireless coverage and 700,000 landline subscribers are canceling each day. That switch is pushing up the cost of legacy services, AT&T says.

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Online radio service wins ruling over license fees

Posted August 24th, 2009 by mcmikemn

Personalized Internet radio stations got a boost Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Yahoo's LAUNCHcast music service was not interactive enough to be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees.

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Cussing may have physiological pain-reducing effect.

Posted July 17th, 2009 by mcmikemn

A study in the journal NeuroReport finds that using socially unacceptable "swear words" has physical effects that enable the swearer to tolerate pain better. (1-minute podcast and transcript)

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Bill would turn down volume on TV ads

Posted June 12th, 2009 by johnson

Congress soon might mute screaming TV-ad announcers who press viewers to "buy now!" -- if broadcasters don't beat the lawmakers to the volume button.

Under a proposal to be taken up today, the Federal Communications Commission would limit ad volumes to the average decibels of the TV show during which they appear.

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