The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a U.S. agency established by the Communications Act of 1934 as the successor to the Federal Radio Commission and is charged with regulating all non-Federal Government use of the radio spectrum.
The FCC's duties consist of three main areas:
Pirate Radio. The FCC commands a small army of commandos who raid pirate radio stations and take the pirates into custody.
Media Ownership. The FCC implements administration policies encouraging the consolidation of media entities into a small group of companies. Currently CBS, News Corporation, and Disney own 90 percent of all broadcasting companies. It is the FCC's stated goal to increase that number to 100 percent by 2015, with a merger of those two conglomerates due by 2020.
Regulation of Obscenity. The FCC protects children who watch programs of questionable content by fining broadcasters for scenes with sexual content or profane language. Pursuant to the Bauer Act of 1987, broadcasted incidences of violence are to be encouraged in place of sexual material, so as to create a young population with healthy attitudes toward violence, but not toward sex.