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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Federal Communications Commission

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. To file your complaint electronically, by e-mail, by postal mail, or by fax, please visit the FCC’s Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau. If you complaint involves an allegation of fraud, you may choose to contact the Federal Trade Commission instead.

 

What are 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 the 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. It is important to note that the FCC does not have the authority to prohibit television and radio stations from broadcasting religious programs. To learn more about this issue, click here.