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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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(1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, www.fcc.gov) The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S. Communications Act of 1934, and its board of commissioners is appointed by the president of the United States. See net neutrality.

(2) (fcc) (File Carbon Copy) A function in an email client program that saves an outgoing message to a particular folder. See cc and bcc.
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(5.) FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fact Sheet, Antenna Structure Registration (15, May 1996).
Dana Shaffer will now serve as Deputy Bureau Chief and Chief of Staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Shafferhas served in numerous leadership positions at the Commission, including such roles as Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and legal advisor to Commissioners Tate and McDowell.
Details: For further information on this fact sheet and this topic, go to the commission's Web page at http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/mmb_siting.html (Mass Media Bureau) and http://wireless.fcc.gov/siting (Wireless Telecommunications Bureau).
Before becoming the office's acting chief, Leighton served as an FCC Senior Economist in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. From 2007-2008, he served as a wireless advisor to then-FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.
Sugrue, chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's communications subcommittee that the FCC realizes the importance of emergency personnel gaining access to mobile phone networks after disasters such as the recent terrorist attacks.

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