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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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.

FCC launches new online consumer help center to improve input, communication

Consumers seeking readily accessible information or to lodge complaints related to issues that the Federal Communications Commission oversees can go to a new recently launched online help center.

T-Mobile agrees to $90M settlement over federal mobile cramming allegations

Federal officials alleged that the company charged customers millions of dollars for third-party subscriptions or services such as horoscopes, love tips and celebrity gossip that they never ordered or authorized. 

US regulators seek input on how to reduce smartphone theft

Federal communications regulators are seeking public comment on recommendations from a new report to help reduce smartphone thefts, which is conservatively estimated at about 1 million annually and growing.

FCC issues warning against the use of cellphone jammers

Federal regulators this week issued a warning against the use of cellphone jammers – even by state and local law enforcement agencies – that block or interfere with communications, especially emergency calls.

FCC considers WiFi, Bluetooth to help pinpoint emergency 911 callers inside buildings

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a proposed roadmap that would use available WiFi and Bluetooth technology to help locate emergency 911 callers inside buildings, according to a public notice posted by regulators Nov. 20.