Telecommunications Act

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The Telecommunications Act of 1985, also referred to as the Telecom Act or just the TA, was a high-profile and controversial telecommunications regulations and censorship bill that passed the Imperial Senate in February 1985 with President Julian Settas's backing which regulated, prohibited, and censored various music, television, radio, and other mediums of communication for categories of "indecent" expression and content in reaction to the so-called "Lost Generation" of the late 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, which was exposed to secularizing, lewd, and irreligious themes and behaviors during the Watermelon era, early Taverian Drug War, and first wave of the Urban Enclave Crisis.

The Telecom Act sparked the creation of the Association of Music Quality and Values Control, a private music industry ratings and censorship board that would dominate the industry within several years of its establishment. The creation of the AMQVC also led to a landmark 1987 Supreme Court case striking down several of the Act's strict censorship control provisions in the "Decent Communications" section, but otherwise upheld the rest of the law as constitutional.

Background

Legislation

Lobbying and campaign

Bill passage

Overview of provisions

Aftermath

Commentary

See also