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The FCC's Political Broadcasting Regulations

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Publication Date: October 2004

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: RS21963

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Broadcasting)


This report provides an overview of the Federal Communication Commission's political broadcasting regulations, including general public interest obligations; the equal opportunity (equal time) regulations; and the various interpretations of the Fairness Doctrine, which is no longer enforced by the Commission. A brief section of frequently asked questions regarding political broadcasting is also provided. This report will be updated as events warrant.