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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Emergency calling not required for inactive cellphones under FCC proposed rule

The Federal Communications Commission is looking for feedback on whether cellphones that haven't been activated should be required to connect to 911.

Wireless industry urges feds to release more spectrum to sate consumer needs, drive growth

The study said U.S. consumers and businesses spent $172 billion on wireless service in 2013. In turn, the wireless industry's employees, its suppliers and their employees generated more than $400 billion in total U.S. spending.

Verizon, Sprint agree to pay $158M in consumer refunds, fines for mobile cramming, says CFPB

Some "unscrupulous" third-party merchants obtained consumers' telephone numbers to cram illegal charges, ranging from one-time fees of 99 cents to $4.99 to monthly subscriptions of $9.99. 

Infrastructure changes essential to supporting wireless growth, FCC commissioner says

To support the growing number of wireless devices and networks they use, changes to spectrum infrastructure are necessary, said Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly.

Spotlight: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Broadband Community Summit

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reiterated his support for cities and towns to form their own public broadband utilities when internet service providers did not offer comparable service. 

Better access to broadband, tech-enabled services can boost health in rural areas, say experts

The federal Rural Health Care Program is aimed at improving broadband access for rural providers, but remains underutilized and even outdated. It can spend up to $400 million per year, but it hasn't even spent $400 million in the first 12 years combined.

Risk management critical in pushing spectrum-dependent medical technology forward, says FDA official

As sensor- and spectrum-dependent technologies set their sights on the healthcare field, two federal agencies are bringing together stakeholders to discuss a safe and secure path forward that leaves also leaves ample room for innovation.

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.