Communications Law & Legal Definition


Communication is the expression or exchange of information by speech, writing, gestures, conduct or electronic medium. It is the process by which an idea is brought to another's perception. The information that is so expressed or exchanged is also referred to as communication.

The Federal Communications Commission has the primary responsibilty for administering laws governing communications. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

Some of the issues involved in communications law incliude the licensing of television and radio stations, business practices of telemarketers and wireless phone companies, antitrust issues, and many others.  Legal issues in the law of communications often involve a balancing of free speech rights against enforcement of standards of decency and protection of consumers, especially children.