Telecommunications law refers to the regulation of electronic communications by wire or radio. It encompasses regulations governing broadcasting, telephone and telecommunications service, cable television, satellite communications, wireless telecommunications, and the Internet.
Telecommunications law regulates the activities of a communications service provider and the use of public resources for the deployment of communications facilities and services in the following broad areas:
- Radio spectrum - Regulation rules for spectrum management governing who may make transmissions over the public airwaves and under what conditions. Assignment of blocks of radio frequency for government, private, public, or commercial use by allocation or spectrum auction.
- Market Regulation - Rules governing relationships between various communications industries and market participants designed to ensure the steady flow of communications and prevent market failures. Includes rules governing broadcast signal must-carry and re-transmission consent, the interconnection of telecommunications facilities, wireless network roaming, intercarrier compensation, cable program access and carriage, net neutrality, and utility pole attachments.
- Content Regulation - Rules prohibiting broadcast obscenity and limiting the commercial content of children's programming; Rules to ensure media coverage of local events and to preserve diversity of viewpoints by preventing concentration of media ownership in local markets.
- Access to Markets - Rules designed to ensure communications markets are open to new entrants; Includes regulations limiting state and local authority to charge excessive fees or deny access to the public right-of-way (transportation) for deploying communications facilities.
- Consumer Protection - Rules ensuring the reasonableness of rates, terms, and conditions of communications services offered to the public, particularly in areas that lack competition in one or more services. Rules requiring closed captioning and services for the hearing impaired; Review of communications provider mergers and acquisitions to ensure the public will benefit from the consolidation.
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