Tagged: FCC

FCC and media-ownership rules

With both newspapers and local broadcasters in deep financial trouble, the FCC reportedly may be looking to loosen media-ownership rules in 2010.  Mass communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an expert on the FCC and communication law, says the difficulty is identifying what changes are needed and finding enough evidence to satisfy any court challenges. “Making […]

Digital media, kids, and the FCC

With “new challenges” like computers, video games, and cellphones in addition to TV, kids are being impacted by advertising on all sorts of digital media.  Under a new chairman, the FCC now wants an updated study on how ads and violent images affect children.  College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an FCC expert, says […]

Full FCC arriving

With Senate approval of new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and two more nominees working their way toward approval, the FCC will soon have its full compliment of five members for the first time in the Obama administration.  College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an expert on the FCC and communications law, can […]

Digital TV conversion (really)

Television signals convert from analog to digital on Friday, in the switch-over that originally was planned for February but delayed by the FCC because too many Americans were unprepared.  College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an FCC expert, can discuss the whys and wherefores about the historic conversion. Contact T. Barton Carter, 617-353-3482, comlaw@bu.edu

CBS “wardrobe malfunction” fine back in court

College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an authority on communication law and an FCC expert, said the Supreme Court ordering a lower-court review of the fine against CBS for the Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl means that case still has a long way to go in light of the high court’s […]

Supreme Court upholds “fleeting expletive” rule, for now

College of Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, a communication law and FCC expert, says Fox Television Stations will likely eventually win its case concerning expletives for which the FCC was issuing fines, despite the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upholding the FCC’s “fleeting expletive” rule. “This decision prolongs the long battle over broadcast indecency. As a […]

FCC launches national broadband plan

Mass Communication Professor T. Barton Carter, an FCC expert, reflects on the commission’s long-awaited start today on a national broadband plan aimed at ensuring all consumers have access to fast and affordable services. “Universal broadband has been a major goal of the Obama administration from the beginning.  It is viewed as essential in today’s society as […]

Politics and the Fairness Doctrine

Journalism Professor Robert Zelnick, an attorney and former long-time ABC News correspondent, in a Boston Globe commentary cautions about Congressional efforts to revive FCC’s Fairness Doctrine. “The effort by Democrats in both Houses to resurrect broadcasting’s ‘Fairness Doctrine’ after a 22-year hiatus suggests the fragility of constitutional values once the lure of partisan advantage comes into […]