Federal Communications Commission:

Direct Broadcast Satellite Public Interest Obligations

OGC-99-32: Published: Feb 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 1999.


Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) new rule on direct broadcast satellite public interest obligations. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would impose requirements on direct broadcast satellite service (DBS) providers to comply with the political broadcast rules of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and mandates that the DBS providers reserve between 4 percent and 7 percent of their channel capacity exclusively for noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature; and (2) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

Sep 16, 2020

Jun 29, 2020

Jun 25, 2020

Jun 1, 2020

Apr 7, 2020

Mar 4, 2020

Feb 6, 2020

Jan 27, 2020

Dec 18, 2019

Nov 18, 2019

Looking for more? Browse all our products here