Communications 300 Lesson 9

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      The Radio Act of 1912 was the first law directly affecting commercial radio; it allowed the government to award radio licenses and to assign spectrum frequencies.

    • B. 

      The Radio Act of 1927 established the Federal Radio Commission and gave the government control over radio broadcasting to the public.

    • C. 

      The Communications Act of 1934 established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    • D. 

      The FCC must make regulations for radio that are in the "public interest, convenience, or necessity," but there is a different standard for television, cable, and new technologies.

  • 2. 
    Of all forms of communication, which receives the most limited First Amendment protection?
    • A. 

      Print

    • B. 

      Broadcasting

    • C. 

      Cable

    • D. 

      Internet

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      The broadcast spectrum is considered to belong to broadcast licensees.

    • B. 

      Broadcast licensees are considered to be trustees of the spectrum

    • C. 

      Broadcasting is regulated in part because it is more pervasive than other media

    • D. 

      Broadcasting is regulated in part because of its potential impact on children

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      FCC Commissioners are appointed by the president from among members of his own party.

    • B. 

      Congress passes all FCC regulations, and they are enforced by the executive branch of the federal government.

    • C. 

      Appeals from an FCC administrative law judge's opinion are made to a federal circuit court

    • D. 

      Courts can overturn FCC decisions arbitrarily

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      There is a clear standard by which to interpret what the "public interest" is in the FCC's mandate to operate in the public interest

    • B. 

      The public interest means whatever the FCC says it means, at any given time

    • C. 

      The threat of being sued by the FCC for monetary damages generally keeps broadcasters in line

    • D. 

      Broadcasters with licenses can decide which part of the spectrum they want to use, and can change spectrum locations whenever they wish.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      A station is called a pirate ship when it operates from a ship off shore

    • B. 

      At the turn of the most recent century, Congress and broadcasters supported the FCC's efforts to develop low power FM radio stations

    • C. 

      The FCC cannot set rules for the networks because networks are not licensed by the FCC.

    • D. 

      The FCC can set rules for the relationship of the networks with their affiliates

  • 7. 
    What is the core value in diverse ownership of broadcast stations?
    • A. 

      It contributes to international economic growth

    • B. 

      It leads to diverse viewpoints in programming

    • C. 

      It provides broader support for out-of-office political parties.

    • D. 

      It assures upgrades in broadcasting equipment.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      There is no limit on how many radio stations one company may own throughout the country

    • B. 

      There is no limit on how many television stations one company may own throughout the country.

    • C. 

      Limits on national ownership of television stations relate to percentage of television households reached.

    • D. 

      Limits on ownership of radio stations relate to national percentage of radio households reached.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      There are no longer any cross-ownership bans in place in large markets.

    • B. 

      Radio stations must petition the FCC and allow citizens' groups to express their views before they can change formats

    • C. 

      Indecency is forbidden in all mass media

    • D. 

      The FCC has established a "safe harbor" in which no indecency will be aired.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      The programming requirements of the Children's Television Act apply both to broadcast and to cable.

    • B. 

      The commercial limits in the Children's Television Act apply only to broadcast stations, not to cable systems

    • C. 

      Cable systems and broadcast stations must air at least 10 hours of children's television programming per week

    • D. 

      The V-chip ratings system was developed by the FCC together with concerned citizen's groups

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      Section 315 (equal opportunity political broadcast rules) applies to both cable systems and broadcast stations.

    • B. 

      Section 312 (reasonable access rules) applies to broadcast stations but not to cable systems.

    • C. 

      Section 312 requires radio and television stations to give reasonable access to candidates for all political offices

    • D. 

      Section 312 guarantees that a candidate for federal office cannot be denied time on broadcast stations.

  • 12. 
    A use triggering the equal opportunities requirement would include
    • A. 

      A candidate's appearance in a debate

    • B. 

      A candidate's appearance on a cooking show

    • C. 

      The voice and picture of a candidate being attacked in an opponents advertisement

    • D. 

      A candidate's appearance in a news story

  • 13. 
    A Republican gubernatorial candidate in a state's primary election buys advertising time on a local television station (a network affiliate). Which of the following statements is false?
    • A. 

      The station need not notify the candidate's opponent of the use.

    • B. 

      The station must grant equal opportunity to the Democratic candidate for governor

    • C. 

      The use does not relate to Section 312.

    • D. 

      The use triggers Section 315 for the candidate's Republican opposition in the primary election.

  • 14. 
    If a general federal election were to be taking place on November 30th, which of the following would be true?
    • A. 

      The lowest-unit-rate provision of Section 315 would take effect in October.

    • B. 

      Broadcast stations could not refuse to run political ads

    • C. 

      Cable systems could require that they be allowed to edit the political ads to protect themselves from liability for libel.

    • D. 

      Debates aired by broadcast stations, in which minor candidates were not permitted to participate, will trigger Section 315 for those stations

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      Public broadcast stations are government supported and may not receive any commercial (corporate) support.

    • B. 

      A "use" by a candidate's supporter can trigger the Zapple Rule for supporters of the candidate's opponent.

    • C. 

      Cigarette advertising is allowed on the Internet, but not on television or radio.

    • D. 

      The FCC has banned the advertising of distilled spirits on television since the 1960s.

  • 16. 
    Which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      The FCC has no jurisdiction over cable systems since they do not make use of the broadcast spectrum.

    • B. 

      Local municipalities have sole regulatory power over cable systems because the municipalities grant cable franchises

    • C. 

      The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has resulted in the development of many new competitors (a larger number of providers) in the telecommunications industry.

    • D. 

      The decade in which the number of cable subscribers skyrocketed was between 1975 and 1985

  • 17. 
    According to the Supreme Court in Turner Broadcasting, governmental regulations directed toward the content of cable television programming must pass what test?
    • A. 

      Intermediate scrutiny

    • B. 

      Strict scrutiny

    • C. 

      Content-neutral

    • D. 

      Must-carry

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      If a city has granted a license to a cable company to operate in its jurisdiction, the city cannot then run its own cable service.

    • B. 

      Satellite systems that compete with cable systems are not generally required to obtain franchises from local governments.

    • C. 

      Local governments cannot award exclusive franchises to only one cable company.

    • D. 

      "Must-carry" rules force cable systems to carry broadcast station programming

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      "New communication technologies" refer to mass media developed after broadcast and cable television.

    • B. 

      Constitutional First Amendment standards are the same for all mass media.

    • C. 

      Broadcasters have the rights over the Web broadcasts of their programs

    • D. 

      More First Amendment freedom is allowed on the Internet than in broadcasting in part because it does not use the public spectrum, and people are not as likely to be inadvertently exposed to Internet content.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is false?
    • A. 

      Obscene material is allowed on the Internet.

    • B. 

      It is permissible for Internet news sites to link to newspaper sites, but not to republish their copyrighted material.

    • C. 

      In general, ISPs in America are not liable for content on their site if they act only as common carriers, and do not screen the material that is posted through their service.

    • D. 

      Internet law is only in its beginning stages, and there are no well-settled principles of law in this area.

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