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You can't say shit on the radio, right?

What rules/laws/regulations actually come into play when deciding which words are allowed on broadcast radio/TV in the US? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Dec 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Canceling your Internet Service: Is this a weird thing?

I had to send my ISP a letter in the mail to cancel my internet service. My question is, what this a weird/jerky requirement or is this something that the FCC makes them do? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Nov 21, 2013 - 12 answers

A "free apartment locator service" won't stop calling my cell phone.

A "free apartment locator service" won't stop calling my cell phone. Legal (U.S.) and logistical questions inside. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Listening to the Border Radio

How do does one complain effectively to the FCC concerning interference by one FM radio station with another one? An aged relation in a rural area is upset that a new religious station is interfering with her reception of the closest public broadcasting station. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Mar 20, 2012 - 15 answers

FCC approval

How much does it cost to get a cablemodem/router FCC approved? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 25, 2011 - 3 answers

What's going on? Why did con-men deactivate my parents' alarm?

Someone scammed my parents. But what, exactly, is the point of the scam? They called my mom, claiming to be from AT&T, saying that something in her house was causing interference all over the neighborhood, and that they needed to come over. They came, showed fake credentials, identified the interference as coming from my parents' security system, deactivate they system and left. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 25, 2010 - 31 answers

Porting a cell phone number to a land line phone?

Can I port my existing AT&T Wireless cell phone number to a new Comcast Digital Voice land line account? The 1-800-Comcast customer support rep. said no, but the FCC says "you can switch telephone service providers, including interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, and keep your existing phone number". What's the final verdict? Anyone have experience with this?
posted by thankyoumuchly on Oct 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Chappelle's sexual reference

A few years back, I was watching The Chappelle Show and Chappelle, during one of his monologues, made a reference to a sexual act, using a word that I was not familiar with. I assumed the word came from hip-hop subculture. He followed up by saying something to the effect of, "I love using nasty words that white people/FCC don't know yet. They have no idea how dirty I'm being when I say _______ ." Does anyone remember what that word was and what it means? Sorry I can't recall the season or the episode or more context.
posted by i'm being pummeled very heavily on Oct 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Wait, why are we doing this, again?

I want to understand more about the switch from analog to digital television. Why is the FCC doing this, and how are the analog waves now going to be used? Where can I go to find out more information?
posted by theefixedstars on Feb 8, 2009 - 14 answers

At what moment will the analog TV signal die?

My friends and I would like to observe the switch-off of analog TV. The FCC has mandated that all analog TV stations stop on February 19, 2009. I'm planning to procure a bunny-eared TV to watch the signal go dead. Can anyone help me pinpoint when this moment is going to be? (This is going to be SO much better than New Year's)
posted by k7lim on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

The FCC on GMRS: SOL or ROFL?

Is the FCC enforcing licensing requirements for GMRS two-way radios? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Sep 16, 2008 - 7 answers

I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period.

I am looking for programming information for Comcast Channel 36 (Public Access) in Bellflower, CA during March to June 2004 period. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Jan 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Closed-captioning and cable TV.

The FCC seems to indicate that broadcasters are required to include closed captioning, at least for new programming, but I have purchased several very recent movies on cable that lack closed captioning. How are the cable companies getting around these requirements? Why is closed captioning so inconsistent? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 26, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I take down these telemarketers?

Please help me take action against an unidentified automated telemarketer! [more inside]
posted by anodyne- on Sep 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Help a first time homeowner with all sorts of moving and decorating stuff!

NewHomeFilter: I have a few questions about moving into my first new condo. I'm on a budget and green to the process with questions about: furniture (where to get), TV service (see inside), and lots... [more inside]
posted by twiggy on May 11, 2006 - 14 answers

Why is MCI siding with the ISPs in Brand X

Does anyone know why MCI would be in favor of regulating cable modems in the Brand X case recently before the Supreme Court? I can't think of a compelling technical or business reason why they'd do that. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Apr 7, 2005 - 4 answers

Broadcast Flag Specs

Can someone please direct me to a technical specification of the US FCC-mandated Broadcast Flag? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Feb 17, 2005 - 3 answers

FCC Question

So, I'm looking at the back of my wireless card, and I have an FCC rules question. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Apr 7, 2004 - 5 answers

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