The Federal Communications Commission, also called FCC, is a U.S. government regulatory agency, accountable to Congress, that is responsible for overseeing all interstate and international communications by internet, wireless, wire, radio, and television. The FCC acts to maintain standards and consistency among the ever-growing types of media and methods of distribution, while protecting the interests of both consumers and businesses.

Federal Communications Commission (Wikipedia)
"FCC" redirects here. For other uses, see FCC (disambiguation).
Federal Communications Commission
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Agency overview
Formed June 19, 1934; 81 years ago (1934-06-19)
Preceding agency
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C.
38°53′00″N 77°01′44″W / 38.8834°N 77.0288°W / 38.8834; -77.0288Coordinates: 38°53′00″N 77°01′44″W / 38.8834°N 77.0288°W / 38.8834; -77.0288
Employees 1,720
Annual budget US$388 million (FY 2016, requested)
Agency executive

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute (see 47 U.S.C. § 151 and 47 U.S.C. § 154) to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing itself.

The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission. The FCC took over wire communication regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission. The FCC's mandated jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Political divisions of the United States. The FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America. The FCC is funded entirely by regulatory fees. It has an estimated fiscal-2016 budget of US$388 million. It has 1,720 federal employees.

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