FCC Will Not Censor Satellite Radio


The Federal Communications Commission turned aside, this week, a request to begin applying public airwave broadcast standards to subscription satellite radio stations. Saul Levine, a radio station owner in California, brought the request. Levine argued among other things that this lack of standards would create an unleveled playing field for airwave broadcasters.

The FCC declined the request on the grounds that “subscription-based services do not call into play the issue of indecency.” Levine responded that this ruling would leave the public exposed to indecent broadcast via other means, such as in rental cars that come with free satellite service. It is unclear what effect this decision may have on online content–another form of media which has been under fire for “indecency issues.”