Telecommunications Infrastructure

Federal Communications Commission
Common Carrier; Wireless; Mass Media; Cable Service; International

Federal Communications Commission, Children's Educational Television Website.
Public information about the obligation of every television broadcast station in this country to provide educational and informational programming for children. But see below, FINS Note

FINS NOTE. Broadcast stations - not the FCC or the communities and families they are authorized to serve - have the exclusive discretion in advancement of their own private interests in maximizing profit, to make all determinations as to whether or not any TV program is specifically designed to educate and inform children and that it satisfies the definition of core programming. This discretion, which for all practical purposes is not reviewable by the Courts, constitutes a license to kill authorized by the manifestly insane policies of the FCC, confirmed by historical experience below posted, in the name of serving the "public interest"!

Continuation of the existing scheme is clearly not required by any provision under the Constitution or Laws of the United States, see V. Schreibman, The Marketplace of Broadcasters' Ideas (Amicas 1987) ISBN 0-942539-02-8. Instead, control over use of the great broadcast spectrum for the maximum benefit of all the people of the United States, must be exercised by community inhabitants themselves by directly deciding all applications for renewal of broadcast licenses, which are vital to American life and liberty. A participatorey framework for such purposes is proposed in part II, section 2, of The Marketplace, infra at p. 54.

Federal Commuications Commission (FCC), Fact Sheet on Gratuitous TV Violence Programming
Television Use in America; Violence on American Television; Influence of TV Violence on Children (July 1999)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment To Children
Study Findings of Companies in Motion Picture, Music Recording and Electronic Game Industries Routinely Target Children Under 17; Retailers Make "Little Effort" to Restrict Access to Violent Material (Sept 2000)

Parents Television Council (PTC), Release of Survey Findings
"83% Of Movie Advertisements During Family TV Hour Have R-Rating" (Sept 2000)

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Telecom Ownership Needs to Be Diversified, op-ed in The Hill (Oct 1999) (describing the "Orwellian logic" of The Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996)

Karin Geiselhart, "Moving towards the millennium: Will Information technology take democracy into the 21st century?," proceedings of the International Federation of Information Processing conference on 'Culture and Democracy Revisited in the Global Information Society' (Corfu, University of Canberra: May 1997) (reprinted by FINS with the author's permission)

News Report, Federal Communications Commission, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service Adoption of Recommendations (CC Docket No. 96-45 (1996)

Further Comments of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Before the Federal Communications Commission, in re: Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (CC Docket No. 96-45) (1996)

Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996)

Conference Report, Telecommunications Act of 1996, HRpt No. 458, 104th Cong., 2d Sess. (1996)

Initial Votes on House Telecom Bill Open New Robber Baron Era, in FINS Special Report (Aug 1995)
(process and provision of the bill were denounced as an outrage by opponents who charged that changes to the bill approved in the originating Commerce Committee, were "cooked up behind close doors")

V. Schreibman, A Balance of Corporate Interests, in FINS (June 1995) (describing legislation for tranformation of the telecommunications industry passed by the US Senate as "a blueprint for hi-tech feudalism")

V. Schreibman, Sen. Robert Dole, Two Faces of a Presidential Candidate, in FINS (June 1995) (describing the duplicity of Senator Dole in portraying himself, in a Los Angeles speech, as a champion of cultural integrity while intending, on the floor of the US Senate, to arrange for a special financial payoff to the purveyors of television violence by amendments to the Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1995)

Amendments (2), by Senator Ted Stevens and Senator Charles Robb, to S.1822, 103rd Congress (Aug 1994)

103rd Congress S. 1822 As Passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation August 11, 1994, with Amendments in a Separate Document (unofficial etext, provided by courtesy of the MFJ Task Force) (An Ad-Hoc Project of the Seven Regional Bell Operating Companies)

103d Congress H.R. 3626 As Reported in the House (June 24, 1994) (unofficial etext, provided by courtesy of Bell Atlantic)

103d Congress H.R. 3636 As Reported in the House (June 24, 1994) (unofficial text, provided by courtesy of Bell Atlantic)

Transcript of interview conducted by Vigdor Schreibman with Attorney Henry Geller, former Chief Counsel of the FCC (Dec 1983) (describing the deliberate failure and refusal of members and staff of the Federal Communications Commission to define the "public interest" standard used to guide decisions of the FCC)

Convergence: Art, Culture and the NII / American Academy / Oct. '94

MIT Memo on Proposed Sec 203 Broadcast Spectrum Flexibility amendment to H.R.3636 (Mar 1994)

Press Release, Statement of James G. Cullen, President, Bell Atlantic Corp (Jan 1994)

Program Announcement, Televisions Academy of Arts and Sciences, "Information Highway" Summit, on C-SPAN (Jan 1994)

White Paper, The White House, Office of the Vice President, Background on the Administration's Telecommunications Policy Reform Initiative (Jan 1994)

White Paper, The White House, Office of the Vice President, Telecommunications Policy Reform (Jan 1994)

Press Release, The White House, Office of the Vice President, Remarks by Vice President Al Gore at Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, California (as prepared), Telecommunications Policy Reform (Jan 1994)

Press Release, The White House, Office of The Vice President, Remarks by Vice President Al Gore at National Press Club, Washington, DC, Telecommunications Policy Reform (as prepared) (Dec 1993)

Center for Civic Networking, A Vision of Change: Civic Promise of the National Information Infrastructure, A Public Interest Agenda (Executive Summary) (Draft) (. . . .1993)

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