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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T-Mobile customers will get better info about mobile broadband speeds under FCC deal

Federal regulators recently announced a deal with T-Mobile that would provide customers with more accurate information about their mobile broadband speeds, especially those whose speeds have been reduced after reaching the monthly data cap. The Federal Communications Commission said Nov. 24 that T-Mobile will fully implement the agreement within 60 days.

FCC delays incentive spectrum auction until early 2016, citing lawsuit by TV broadcasters

Federal regulators recently announced that they will delay a spectrum auction, which would resell television airwaves to wireless carriers, until early 2016, citing a lawsuit from broadcasters.

Debate continues over use of 5.9 GHz band for DOT's talking cars program

Considerable debate continues over whether channels in the 5.9 gigahertz band should be shared or solely dedicated to new passenger vehicles wirelessly exchanging information with each other, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.

FCC releases another 2.5M public comments on open Internet rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission Oct. 22 released a second batch of nearly 2.5 million comments about its net neutrality plan that would permit faster Internet service for some websites willing to pay for it.

FCC needs to do more work on text-to-911, trade group says

A Federal Communications Commission proposal to make it easier for people to text emergencies to 911 call centers earned support from the Telecommunications Industry Association, but also warnings.

FCC proposes changes to small business competitive bidding

Proposed changes to the Federal Communications Commission's competitive bidding rules would facilitate small businesses' chances to participate, according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

FCC helps TV broadcasters do their homework on incentive auction

As a way to better educate TV broadcasters about next year's spectrum auction, federal regulators said they've sent out information packages that explain the auction process, bidding options, compensation estimates and tax implications.

FBI keeps police mum on use of cellphone trackers

Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.

FCC proposal would give unlicensed users space in TV spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to change rules that permit devices to operate on unused portions of the TV broadcast spectrum.

FCC proposals cut red tape for mobile deployments, seek info on new advanced tech

The head of the Federal Communications Commission has floated a draft order that would "immediately and substantially" cut red tape associated with deploying wireless infrastructure. It was one of several new developments that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote about in a blog post.