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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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2005): Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the Matter of Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet over Wireline Facilities, Wireline Competition Bureau.
Chairwoman Clyburn, her current and former staff, and the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau have made it possible for literally millions of families to stay together even when separated by bars.
Lisa Hone, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
In a VoIP panel discussion, Jeffrey Carlisle, senior deputy bureau chief in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, Bob Schoonmaker, president and chief executive officer of GVNW Consulting, Frank Gallagher, managing director for Legg Mason's Telecommunications Group, and Rick Overman, group president of operations with CHR Solutions, shared their perspectives on the reality and the hype surrounding VoIP.
Maher as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau (successor to the Common Carrier Bureau).