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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FBI keeps police mum on use of cellphone trackers

Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.

FCC proposal would give unlicensed users space in TV spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to change rules that permit devices to operate on unused portions of the TV broadcast spectrum.

FCC proposals cut red tape for mobile deployments, seek info on new advanced tech

The head of the Federal Communications Commission has floated a draft order that would "immediately and substantially" cut red tape associated with deploying wireless infrastructure. It was one of several new developments that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote about in a blog post.

Regulatory agencies doing less regulating, more advising for cyber resilience and response

Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's  cybersecurity framework  and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.

Federal spectrum reuse process 'creaky' says, FCC commissioner

A top federal communications regulator said the process to repurpose government spectrum for commercial purposes is too slow, calling for a new way to keep up with consumer demands for more wireless airwaves.

More than 3 million comments submitted to FCC as it rewrites open Internet rules

With a record three million comments and counting, the Federal Communications Commission officially closed the public comment period Sept. 15 on whether to allow Internet "fast lanes," in which faster service would be given to websites willing to pay for it.

Municipalities, industry give thumbs up to federal 'Model City' initiative to test spectrum sharing

In public comments submitted to federal regulators, representatives from several municipalities, industry groups and other organizations strongly endorsed a government initiative to test and develop advanced technologies and techniques to share spectrum in a real-world setting.

House overwhelmingly passes digital labeling legislation

The House on Sept. 11 passed by a 402-0 vote bipartisan legislation that promotes electronic labeling of devices rather than affixing or etching labels to equipment.

FCC head: TV broadcaster lawsuit against spectrum auction 'groundless'

In a speech at the CTIA-The Wireless Association convention in Las Vegas Sept. 9, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he was confident that the courts will side with the agency over the National Association of Broadcasters, which filed the suit three weeks ago.

Net neutrality supporters show 'spinning wheel of death' on websites, protesting FCC's fast-lane proposal

Video streaming service Netflix and other supporters, including Etsy, Kickstarter, Foursquaure, and Mozilla, will show the spinning icon, which generally indicates a slow-loading Internet-- although no website will actually be slowed down.