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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Transition to IP challenges emergency communication operations, says FCC CTO

With 70 percent of all 911 calls now originating on a mobile phone, analog landline phones pose a major challenge for emergency communication operations in several ways, said the Federal Communications Commission's chief technology officer.

NTIA report outlines progress in freeing up spectrum for commercial use

The National Telecommunications Information Administration recently issued a report outlining the federal government's progress in freeing up 500 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum for expanded wireless broadband use by 2020.

Paper: Imposing a 'public utility style' rule to preserve net neutrality is a mistake

Many net neutrality supporters want the federal government to impose a "public utility style" regulation on Internet service providers to prevent them from prioritizing traffic. But Robert Litan, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institution, said that not only won't work, but it could affect other tech services in the future.

FCC sets AWS-3 spectrum auction goal

If the Federal Communications Commission can raise $10 billion in its AWS-3 auction this fall, it will consider the auction a success, said the agency in a May 19  filing.

Text-to-911 goes live

Residents of some U.S. cities are now able to contact emergency personnel at 911 through text message. On May 16, the Federal Communications Commission-backed program went became available on a limited basis.

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.