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ERIC Number: ED310453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 27
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The Department of Communications: A Plan and Policy for the Abolition of the Federal Communications Commission.
Starr, Michael; Atkin, David
This paper, maintaining that few areas of federal oversight have been as inconsistently addressed as that involving the regulation of broadcast and wire communication, presents and evaluates a proposal to abolish the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration in favor of a cabinet-level Department of Communications. After a section giving background information and reviewing salient shortcomings in the FCC regulation of the telecommunication press, the following section outlines an alternative regulatory model (a Department of Communications), discussing evaluative criteria, steps toward implementation, and the benefits of such a department. The next section then discusses likely reactions to such a proposal from the courts, citizens' groups, the FCC, Congress, the White House, and the broadcasting industry, concluding in the final section that a coalition of Congress, selected industry groups, the courts, and citizens' groups could effect the implementation of a Cabinet-level department, prevailing over the FCC's opposition. Thirty-eight references conclude the paper. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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