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Federal Communications Commission

(FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. The FCC is composed of five members, not more than four of whom may be members of the same political party, appointed by the president with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The commissioners are authorized to classify television and radio stations, to assign broadcasting frequencies, and to prescribe the nature of their service. The FCC has jurisdiction over standard, high-frequency, relay, international, television, and facsimile broadcasting stations and also has authority over experimental, amateur, coastal, aviation, strip, and emergency radio services; telegraph and interstate telephone companies; cellular telephone and paging systems; satellite facilities; and cable companies and Internet service providers. The commission is empowered to grant, revoke, renew, and modify broadcasting licenses. It superintended the relations between AT&T and its successor phone companies and later promoted competition between long-distance phone companies. In the 1990s the FCC was involved in battles over the regulation of both pricing and content in the cable television industry. With the rapid development of telecommunications technologies, particularly mobile communications systems, and the blurring of distinctions between cable television and local and long-distance telephone companies, the job of the FCC continues to become more complex.
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Recommendation: To improve the effectiveness and accountability of FCC's efforts to oversee wireless phone service, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission should direct the commission to develop and implement policies and procedures for conducting documented monitoring and analysis of consumer complaints in order to help the agency identify trends and emerging issues and determine whether carriers are complying with existing rules or whether new rules may be needed to protect consumers.
Federal Communications Commission, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, In the Matter of Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet Over Wireline Facilities, Universal Service Obligations of Broadband Providers, Computer III Further Remand Proceeding: Bell Operating Company Provision of Enhanced Services; 1998 Biennial Regulatory Review - Review of Computer III and ONA Safeguards and Requirements, CC Docket No.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, which enforces the prohibition against offensive programming, obscene material must meet a three-prong test (note to the FCC: ixnay on the prong metaphors).
As part of its responsibility under the telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of reviewing interstate access charges; and a decision is expected in the next several weeks.
McGorry said the July 14 rates will remain in effect until October 1, 1994, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires cable companies to begin quarterly cost calculations to reflect any changes due to copyright and programming fees.
Under pressure from the Federal Communications Commission, broadcasters have promised to begin offering digital service within two years in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Atlanta.
All documents should be sent to: Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.
WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) today proposed to the Federal Communications Commission a reduction of $28-million in the rates it charges long-distance companies for connections to the BellSouth local network.
As the television industry continued to seek consensus on a voluntary rating system, Federal Communications Commission chairman Reed Hundt told Hollywood executives Thursday that such a system is a "fine idea" but doesn't go far enough to protect children from sex and violence on the airwaves.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the application of QVC Network for the purchase of Paramount Communications because of alleged noncompliance with the FCC's affirmative action and equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules by TCI, Inc.

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