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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Broadcasters to FCC: TV white spaces database design flaws put licensed users at risk

The database's purpose is to identify channels that TV stations and others are using so that unlicensed TV band devices don't cause interference.

Broadband map shows 85% of Americans have access to 25Mbps speeds, but rural gap exists

A newly updated U.S. map showing comprehensive broadband availability across the country indicates that nearly 85 percent of the country has access to 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.

FCC official calls on public safety to assist with wireless 911 improvements

A Federal Communications Commission official requested early involvement from the public safety community in moving enhanced wireless 911 calling from policy to actual implementation.

Spotlight: FCC passes net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted Feb. 26 to codify new net neutrality regulations for wireless and wireline networks that would bar blocking and throttling of content and ban carriers and ISPs from striking deals with content companies to zip their content faster to consumers. 

Consumer activist says Sprint, T-Mobile didn't meet own voluntary phone unlocking standards

While the Federal Communications Commission applauded the milestone, consumer rights activist Sina Khanifar analyzed the agreements of the four major U.S. carriers and found that two – Sprint and T-Mobile – failed to fulfill half their own commitments.

Congressional lawmakers re-introduce legislation to boost unlicensed airwaves for Wi-Fi use

House and Senate lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that would direct federal regulators to study whether unlicensed spectrum can address the growing demand for wireless use. It would spur innovation, enhance economic development and provide more airwaves for public use, they maintain.

FCC: Interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal

The Federal Communications Commission warned individuals, convention centers and commercial establishments that intentionally interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal, in an enforcement advisory issued Jan. 27.

FCC prepares for central, Text-to-911 database

As the Federal Communications Commission moves forward on a project that will make it easier for people to text emergencies to 911 call centers, it will build a database of Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs, that are ready to accept text messages.

Google floats idea of using balloons, UAVs for wireless mobile broadband in letter to FCC

As the Federal Communications Commission's considers opening up higher-frequency spectrum to mobile wireless applications, Google has said the bands could be particularly useful in in providing broadband through high-altitude balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Google lobbying FCC for unused spectrum to provide wireless broadband service, WSJ reports

Google has been lobbying federal regulators to free up unused spectrum so the Internet giant can provide alternative wireless services to that of traditional telecommunications carriers.