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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Usage-based Internet pricing policies could leave customers in the lurch, GAO finds

The Federal Communications Commission needs to consider how Internet service providers charge customers for broadband use, a preliminary report by the Government Accountability Office found.

Verizon pushes back on FCC over practice of throttling network traffic

Verizon Wireless is pushing back on the Federal Communications Commission after its chairman criticized the mobile operator for extending a policy that would limit connection speeds for its a select subset of its heaviest users during peak network congestion.

House bill seeks to open up additional unlicensed spectrum for WiFi devices

A new bipartisan House bill directs the Federal Communications Commission to determine if some spectrum bands can be set aside specifically for wireless devices such as laptop and tablet computers.

Wheeler: FCC to push for improved access, reliability for 911 calls

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to improve the reliability of emergency calls and add new, long-delayed capabilities such as emergency texting, the agency's chairman recently wrote in a blog post.

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.