ERIC Number: ED162382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Remarks of Charles D. Ferris, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission before the Seventh National Symposium of Action for Children's Television, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Monday, May 1, 1978.
Ferris, Charles D.
Information has become the lifeline of United States society, and consumers--especially those concerned about children--need to become concerned with the entire information phenomenon. Those who control access to information will be responsible to a great extent for the future values of society, and involved citizens should participate in shaping what the future communications environment will be. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should regard the overall public interest as its only constituency; should be evenhanded in enforcing rules and protecting the public; should refrain from censorship of specific program content; should promote excellence through diversity, and diversity through competition; and should favor the development of new technologies and services. The public has the right and the responsibility to monitor the performance of industries regulated by the FCC. The power of citizen participation in FCC proceedings may be seen in the growth of Action for Children's Television and in the broadcast industry's response to it. The FCC is now considering many issues with important implications for the future; citizens' groups should become involved in the discussions and decisions regarding these issues. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission
Note: Paper presented at the National Symposium of Action for Children's Television (7th, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1978)