U.S. Representative Jared Polis

FCC - Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is an independent agency that was established by Congress under the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

Commonly Asked FCC Questions

How do I file a complaint with the FCC?

The FCC accepts complaints regarding all aspects of broadcasting including: telemarketing, telephone slamming, improper taxes, obscene broadcasts, and broadcast interference. You may file a complaint with the FCC online or, if your complaint involves an allegation of fraud, you may want to contact the Federal Trade Commission instead

How can I learn about the rules for satellite television subscribers who want to receive network broadcast stations?

The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 set many new rules for satellite companies, local network television stations, and consumers. Most importantly, it created a procedure for how satellite customers could apply for a waiver from their local television stations. Without this waiver, the satellite companies cannot let a customer have network television signals from other cities. Click here to read a full explanation of current law.

Is it true that there is a petition pending to get rid of religious broadcasting?

No, it is not true. However, the rumor has been around since about 1975, and Congressional offices are still hearing from citizens every month who are worried about this alleged petition. In addition, it is important to note that the FCC does not have the authority to prohibit television and radio stations from broadcasting religious programs. Read more information on this issue.

Office Contact: In order to open a case on your behalf a signed letter or privacy authorization form is required to look into your case. Due to the Privacy Act of 1974, no inquiries can be made without such written consent. As such, an e-mail will not suffice as a release. A written signature must be given.

For all FCC issues, please download and fill out the privacy authorization form and mail or fax it to Danielle Henry in the Boulder office.

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