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PICON stands for public interest convenience and necessity PICON is the standard that the FCC uses to set parameters for its control It is a basis the FCC uses to decide how to monitor the radio stations and what they broadcast PICON was brought into action when the Communications Act of 1934 was passed That stated the rules and regulations that the FCC had to follow as well as the rules that radio stations had to follow The FCC was brought into existence to regulate and make guidelines specifically in the public interest They have the capability to make reasonable requests to regulate what is and what is not broadcasted The powers of the FCC include the following ability to classify radio stations Prescribe services rendered by stations assign bands and allocate frequencies determine how they operate and determine location of individual stations Even with all of this power the FCC has no power to censor In other words they do not have the power to imply any type of censorship Two early cases that were decided using PICON were the Dr Brinkley case and the Dr Shuler case Dr Brinkley used his radio station to broadcast his so-called remedies The remedies were actually lots of alcohol and a little food coloring He allocated a number for each bottle and prescribed for all types of patients without even seeing them face-to-face Unfortunately these remedies did little other than intoxicate the patients So in turn the FCC revoked Brinkleys license because the FCC felt Brinkley was not acting under the regulations set by PICON In Dr Shulers case he used black mail to collect donations from upper class and people in higher positions Shuler used his radio broadcasting capabilities to defame people in the public eye He began on a regular basis making threats unless he received a set amount of money Shuler used his tactic until again the FCC used PICON to revoke
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