(June 19, 1934, ch. 652, title II, § 201,48 Stat. 1070; May 31, 1938, ch. 296, 52 Stat. 588.)
References in Text
This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original “this Act”, meaning act June 19, 1934, ch. 652, 48 Stat. 1064
, known as the Communications Act of 1934, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section
of this title and Tables.
1938—Subsec. (b). Act May 31, 1938, inserted proviso relating to reports of positions of ships at sea.
Telephone Rates for Members of Armed Forces Deployed Abroad
Pub. L. 109–459
, § 2,Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3399
, provided that:
“(a) In General.—The Federal Communications Commission shall take such action as may be necessary to reduce the cost of calling home for Armed Forces personnel who are stationed outside the United States under official military orders or deployed outside the United States in support of military operations, training exercises, or other purposes as approved by the Secretary of Defense, including the reduction of such costs through the waiver of government fees, assessments, or other charges for such calls. The Commission may not regulate rates in order to carry out this section.
“(b) Factors To Consider.—In taking the action described in subsection (a), the Commission, in coordination with the Department of Defense and the Department of State, shall—
“(1) evaluate and analyze the costs to Armed Forces personnel of such telephone calls to and from American military bases abroad;
“(2) evaluate methods of reducing the rates imposed on such calls, including deployment of new technology such as voice over Internet protocol or other Internet protocol technology;
“(3) encourage telecommunications carriers (as defined in section 3(44) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47
[now 153(51)])) to adopt flexible billing procedures and policies for Armed Forces personnel and their dependents for telephone calls to and from such Armed Forces personnel; and
“(4) seek agreements with foreign governments to reduce international surcharges on such telephone calls.
“(c) Definitions.—In this section:
“(1) Armed forces.—The term ‘Armed Forces’ has the meaning given that term by section
, United States Code.
“(2) Military base.—The term ‘military base’ includes official duty stations to include vessels, whether such vessels are in port or underway outside of the United States.”
Pub. L. 102–538
, title II, § 213,Oct. 27, 1992, 106 Stat. 3545
, which required the Federal Communications Commission to make efforts to reduce telephone rates for Armed Forces personnel in certain countries, was repealed by Pub. L. 109–459
, § 3,Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3400