FCC Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHIVIA) Page - The SHVIA amends both the 1988 copyright laws and the Communications Act of 1934. One of the key elements of the SHVIA is that it, for the first time, permits satellite carriers to transmit local television broadcast signals into local markets, also known as "local-into-local." This Act also authorizes satellite carriers to provide distant or national broadcast programming to subscribers. This page answers questions about issues involving the television broadcast industry, the direct-to-home satellite industry, and consumers who subscribe to satellite carriers for their video programming.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) - An independent U.S. 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.
Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC) - The IAC provides ongoing advice and information to the FCC on a broad range of telecommunications issues of interest to state, local and tribal governments, including cable and local franchising, public rights-of-way, facilities siting, universal service, broadband access, barriers to competitive entry, and public safety communications, for which the Commission explicitly or inherently shares responsibility or administration with local, county, state or tribal governments.
Media Bureau (MB) - Develops, recommends and administers the policy and licensing programs relating to electronic media, including cable television, broadcast television, and radio in the United States and its territories. The Media Bureau also handles post-licensing matters regarding Direct Broadcast Satellite service.
NHK - Official English name: Japan Broadcasting Corporation. This is Japan's national public broadcasting organization.
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