The Federal Communications Commission is a federal agency with some regulatory and investigative power. It focuses on broadband, competition, electromagnetic spectrum, mass media, and public safety and security. The FCC is headed by five commissioners appointed by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and each serves a five-year term. Only three of the five commissioners may be of the same political party.

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FCC needs more transparency, accountability in program providing rural telecom service, GAO says

Although the Federal Communications Commission has begun making funding reforms to a program to support both telephone and broadband service in rural areas, congressional investigators said the agency needs to do a better job in collecting and analyzing data to gauge the program's effectiveness.

FCC frees up more funding for wireless broadband deployments to schools and libraries

The Federal Communications Commission will add an additional $5 billion to a program to help provide high-speed, WiFi connections to every library and school in the United States.

FCC wants to fund wide range of experiments to help expand rural broadband service

Data collected from the various experiments will provide input into the FCC's broader effort to expand rural broadband through its Connect America Fund program.

Federal government seeks input on testing dynamic spectrum sharing

The Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a joint public notice July 11, seeking input in creating a so-called "Model City" program, which is an outgrowth of a White House report about how spectrum can be better used to spur economic growth.

New bipartisan legislation opens way for digital product labeling

A new bipartisan bill would give technology manufacturers the option to digitally provide labeling information instead of physically stamping or engraving it on the product.

Major Internet trade group makes pitch to FCC for net neutrality

The Internet Association filed comments July 14 in response to the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality proposal that would allow Internet service providers offer faster service for websites willing to pay for it. The deadline for the comment period ends July 15.

FCC chairman pushes to expand wireless coverage to all US schools, libraries

The plan, proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, would pump an additional $5 billion into the commission's ongoing E-Rate program to extend high-speed WiFi services. His plan is slated for a vote on July 11.

FCC issues proposed rules for improving Emergency Alert System

The Federal Communications Commission is making several recommendations that it says will help improve the nation's public warning system, including a requirement to ensure that even people with disabilities get emergency alerts.

FCC's Clyburn: 600 MHz spectrum auction 'unique' opportunity, not a 'train wreck'

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said the 600 megahertz spectrum auction slated for next year won't be a "train wreck," but an opportunity to re-purpose spectrum for...

FCC fines Chinese company almost $35M for marketing illegal signal jamming devices

The agency applied the maximum fine for each of the 285 models that C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, marketed, the Federal Communications Commission said.