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Quick Guide to Broadcast


What is a Broadcast?

A Broadcast is defined as the transmission of media on the part of a single individual or group to electronic recipients called receivers. The term Broadcasting can encapsulate a wide range of means and measures with regard to a media Broadcast.

The term ‘Broadcast’ is not necessarily specific to the transmission of media. However, within a legal spectrum, Broadcasting typically encompasses transmitted media both in the public realm, as well as the private. A Broadcast typically addresses:

• A radio Broadcast transmitted over amplitude or frequency modulated airwaves.

• A television Broadcast transmitted over basic cable or specified television stations.

• An Internet Broadcast, which can include online lectures, Internet Radio stations, or Net-meetings.

Public Broadcast vs. Private Broadcast

Within the scope of Broadcasting, a variety of mediums exist through which media can be broadcasted:

● Public Broadcast: A Public Broadcast is defined as a transmission of media through the usage of transceivers and/or receivers belonging to the public and regulated by the Federal Government. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the governmental branch that is responsible for the regulation of content expressed through media disseminated through the use of publically-owned airwaves.

● Private Broadcast: A Private Broadcast is a method of Broadcasting in which the media being transmitted is neither sanctioned nor regulated by a governmental agency. A vast array means for public broadcast exist in the form of the following:

• Subscription-based media channels and avenues, including cable television and Internet Satellite Radio.

• Pirated Radio is defined as an illegal means of the dissemination of media that can be conducted in a clandestine fashion through the illegal usage of public airwaves.

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