Communications Act of 1934
COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934
AN ACT To provide for the regulation of interstate and foreign communication by wire or
radio, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America
in Congress assembled,
TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS
SEC. 1. [47 U.S.C. 151] PURPOSES OF ACT, CREATION OF FEDERAL
For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and
radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nationwide,
and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable
charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and
property through the use of wire and radio communication, and for the purpose of securing a more
effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several
agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire
and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the ''Federal
Communications Commission,'' which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall
execute and enforce the provisions of this Act.
SEC. 2. [47 U.S.C. 152] APPLICATION OF ACT.
(a) The provisions of this act shall apply to all interstate and foreign communication by wire
or radio and all interstate and foreign transmission of energy by radio, which originates and/or is
received within the United States, and to all persons engaged within the United States in such
communication or such transmission of energy by radio, and to the licensing and regulating of all
radio stations as hereinafter provided; but it shall not apply to persons engaged in wire or radio
communication or transmission in the Canal Zone, or to wire or radio communication or transmission
wholly within the Canal Zone. The provisions of this Act shall apply with respect to cable service, to
all persons engaged within the United States in providing such service, and to the facilities of cable
operators which relate to such service, as provided in title VI.
(b) Except as provided in sections 223 through 227, inclusive, and section 332, and subject
to the provisions of section 301 and title VI, nothing in this Act shall be construed to apply or to give