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 chairman: Internet fast lanes should be unlawful

"What we have tried to do is to follow the court's direction, the roadmap, the blueprint, and to come up with a proposal that stops blocking, that prohibits anything that degrades a consumer's access, including prioritization," Tom Wheeler said during a House hearing.

FCC's net neutrality proposal stirs dissent in Congress

The Federal Communications Commission's new proposal on net neutrality has provoked concern from Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Time to get creative with low-band spectrum, says FCC commissioner

The demand for licensed spectrum has garnered much attention on the Hill and at federal agencies and departments, but it's time to give unlicensed spectrum – which has an estimated economic impact of $140 billion annually – its due, said Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

Mobile tops FCC's IT modernization plan

Mobile is a core part of the Federal Communications Commission's mission, and now it's also a focus for its IT shop. With 40 percent of the agency's IT systems more than 10 years old, FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray is taking a targeted look at legacy sprawl.

FCC highlights NextGen 911 cybersecurity concerns

As part of a nationwide effort to modernize public safety communications, jurisdictions in many states have begun bringing online emergency services IP networks. However, IP connectivity – which will deliver voice, video, text and data calls to public safety answering points – present a cybersecurity challenge that PSAPs have not previously had to consider.

Former lawmakers say Telecommunications Act needs major overhaul

Former House members involved in the 1996 Telecommunications Act say the law needs to be overhauled because of outdated provisions. The law updated the 1934 Communications Act, which had created the FCC and laid out its regulatory role over phone, television and other communications services.

PCAST report on spectrum proving transformative, says White House official

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology submits recommendations regularly to the White House, but few have been as well received across government and as actionable as a July 2012  report on spectrum usage, says a senior official.

Wheeler: FCC technology old, inefficient

The Federal Communications Commission is requesting approximately $13.5 million for information technology upgrades in fiscal 2015 – a figure FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sought to justify before House appropriators.  

Spotlight: FCC rule to improve tracking of indoor 911 cellphone calls

The Federal Communications Commission plans to establish interim indoor accuracy measurements for wireless carriers that would ensure public-safety answering points get approximate location information for wireless 911 calls placed from indoors.

FCC freeing up spectrum for more Wi-Fi

An additional 100 megahertz of spectrum is set to become available for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi thanks to a March 31  decision  by the Federal Communications Commission.