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Posted By: Jim Liddane on: 06/01/2009 08:58:21 EDT|
Subject: RE: What's This New Tax for Free Radio?
I still want to know why FCC can control broadcast signals, strengths and such, but with satellite radio, they cannot control content. I guess that's because it's not "free" to all. So, that means with cable TV, the FCC has no control, but I don't think so!!!
Well I guess when the law was drafted, nobody foresaw satellites, internet - or even Mexico!
It is based on the location of the transmitter.
For example, a company could have its offices and studios in the USA, but if its transmitter was in Mexico, the FCC would have no jurisdiction over its signal strength, content etc., as long as it did not use a micro-link to transmit from the US based studios to the Mexican transmitter.
That is why in the early days, these American-owned Mexican stations set up little studios just beside their transmitters, or else pre-recorded programmes on disk and sent them over the border.
Similarly, as the transmitter is carried on the satellite itself, they also have no jurisdiction.
In much the same way, the FCC cannot control Internet Radio.
Freest of nations? Depends how you define "free"! :-)
You must be joking!
There is no way you will tempt me (as a non-American) to even comment on the internal affairs of another state!
I would be chased off the board!
Good try though!