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Subject: 1934 Communications Act; text.
Category: Reference, Education and News
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I would like to read the text of the "Communications Act of 1934"
Subject: Re: 1934 Communications Act; text.
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 20 Feb 2004 19:02 PST
Hello ab7cd,

Thank you for your question.

All 333 pages including the ammendments made in 1996 are available in
an Adobe pdf format at the FCC Web Site:

IF you do not have Adobe Acrobat PDF reader, it can be obtained free
at the Adobe site on this page:

The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University also has the
1934 text without the ammendments from 1996 if you so desire:

There are other pages at the FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
website such as the Telecommunications Act of 1996 alone:

On this page they also note:

"Telecommunications Act of 1996 

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of
telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is
to let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any
communications business compete in any market against any other...

...The FCC maintains ASCII Text and Adobe Acrobat versions (128 pages)
of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as WordPerfect and
Adobe Acrobat versions (335 pages) of the completely updated
Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the 1996 Act. The official
citation for the new Act is: Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. LA.
No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996). The official printed slip law is
available from the Government Printing Office..."

You might also be interested in the following links:


And notes from Wikipedia:

"Communications Act of 1934

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 

Communications Act of 1934 replaced the Federal Radio Commission with
the Federal Communications Commission .

Before passage, there was an interesting debate in Congress. Senators
Robert Wagner of New York and Henry Hatfield of West Virginia offered
an amendment to the then proposed Communications Act. Educators wanted
more of radio to be given to them; they had been termed a "special
interest" by the Federal Radio Commission and their stations were
forced to share frequencies. This amendment would have given 25% of
all radio broadcasting facilities to non-profit institutions and
organizations. It would also have allowed these educational stations
to sell advertising in order to become self-sufficient. Senator C.C.
Dill, a pro-industry spokesman opposed this amendment. It would have
meant eliminating numerous commercial stations, but that is not what
Dill publicly complained about. He expressed horror over the
advertising. He said there was too much advertising already. Not all
educators supported the advertising clause, so a compromise was
struck. The issue was to be given to the new Federal Communications
Commission to study and to hold hearings on and to report back to
Congress. Hatfield and Wagner stuck to their guns, however, and
proposed the bill anyway, the Hatfield-Wagner amendment died and the
Communications Act was passed.

The Federal Communications Commission reported back, saying that
commercial stations had ample time for educational and other public
service programs. The Commission called for cooperation between
commercial and educational interests and other non-profit groups. The
educators lost, but the commercial broadcasters didn't exactly win;
they had to put on public affairs programs."

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