The FCC licenses and regulates U.S. television broadcast stations. Stations are either full power or low power stations . Low power television stations, which include Class A and television translators, provide locally-oriented television service in small communities. These stations operate on a secondary basis to full power stations.
Television stations are licensed as either commercial or noncommercial educational. Noncommercial stations may not broadcast commercials or other promotional announcements on behalf of for-profit entities. FCC rules generally do not govern the selection of programming that is broadcast. The main exceptions are restrictions on indecent programming , limits on the number of commercials aired during children's programming , and rules involving candidates for public office.