Folks, the FCC Does Not Regulate Content on the Internet
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on March 19, 2004 - 14:53
Scott Kurtz picked up on this Heidi McDonald column over at the Pulse. Apparently Tony "Maakies" Millionaire said he was being harassed by several state attorneys general and the US Department of Justice. Millionaire explained:
One of the editors told me that it was from the Attorney General's office in the state in which the paper runs. He said he called and a woman on the phone told him that this was coming down all over from the Federal Attorney General, from Ashcroft's office. They're issuing warning letters to state Attorney General's offices who are cleaning up throughout their individual states. My guess is that these people consider the funny pages a safe haven for kids and that's why they'll come down harder on comics than on other print media.
Really who knows? Prosecutors have harassed people for stranger things. But some folks seem to have confused this with the Federal Communications Commisson (FCC). The FCC (unfortunately) is empowered to censor broadcast radio and television. That's it. The FCC does not concern itself with content on the Internet (or any part of the telecommunications system for that matter). So rest assured - the FCC may be busting Janet Jackson over her naked bust on television but the FCC won't bat an eye over your online comic of the same.