Broadcasting's Deregulated Future

Archive Report

Forces of Change in Broadcasting

Proposals to Drop FCC's Rules on Radio

Deregulation fever has hit broadcasting, and the ensuing debate about the role of the free market versus that of government regulation is likely to dominate discussions of broadcasting policy for several years. Deregulation of television was the theme of a conference on network television held Feb. 2–3 at the University of California at Los Angeles. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates all broadcasting, is currently drawing up a plan to deregulate radio, as a test for the possibility of lifting much of the regulation of television and other aspects of broadcasting, including cable TV.

In the House of Representatives, a new version of a bill introduced last year to rewrite the Communications Act of ...

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