Editor’s Note: The Federal Communications Commission forbids broadcast station licensees to knowingly transmit news concerning what it deems “hoaxes,” or “false information concerning a crime or a catastrophe.” Broadcasters are required to present a disclaimer before news programming that they know to be false.
Given the large number of dubious events over the past several years, particularly probable active shooter drills presented as real events, this theoretically means that many station owners might be in a bind if actual information came to light concerning such events.
In reality the FCC’s regulatory enforcement is lax and license holders may have plenty of wiggle room, especially if the programming originates from the parent network. The dominant culprits, cable news networks such as CNN and FoxNews, aren’t governed by the FCC.
Breaking July 11th, 2016: In the wake of the $25 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program (NIEHS/NTP) study, which found DNA damage and carcinogenic effects caused by wireless radiation, FCC Chair, Tom Wheeler, is fast tracking the 5G Spectrum rollout with a vote scheduled for July 14th.
The 5G network would carry far more data and use higher frequencies than ever used before. Wheeler recommends these new frequencies not be studied or tested for public safety, so the US may be “first out the gate”. Virtually every home or lamppost would be outfitted with a small cell tower. According to Wheeler’s June 20 remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., “5G build out is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells.”