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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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The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau develops and executes policies and procedures for fast, fair licensing of all wireless services, ranging from fixed microwave links to amateur radio to broadband data services on mobile phones.
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology have also granted the pro forma transfers of control of Verizon Wireless s non-common carrier applications.
Meanwhile, Chairman Pai intends to appoint James Schlichting , who currently serves as Senior Deputy Bureau Chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, to the same position in the International Bureau.
Under this system, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) at the FCC would maintain a list of both local government and industry volunteers who could be called upon to provide guidance to local government and industry as a possible alternative to more costly dispute resolution such as a litigation.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Kolovos served for just over two years as an Attorney Advisor for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC.
Specifically, the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is waiving the rules prohibiting communication between parties of any incentive auction applicant's reverse auction bids or bidding strategies.
Cohen, deputy chief of public safety and critical infrastructure division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, David Jones, president of the National Emergency Number Association, Steve Marzolf, president of the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators, Michael Altschul, CTIA senior vice president & general counsel and Jim Kohlenberger, executive director of the VON Coalition.
Additionally, Michael Carowitz becomesActing Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Lisa Fowlkes is tapped asActing Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and Nese Guendelsberger is tapped asActing Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

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