Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable across the United States. The FCC maintains jurisdiction over the areas of broadband access, fair competition, radio frequency use, media responsibility, public safety, and homeland security.[4]

Federal Communications Commission
Official seal
Agency overview
FormedJune 19, 1934; 88 years ago (1934-06-19)
Preceding agency
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
Headquarters45 L Street NE, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38°54′12″N 77°00′26″W
Employees1,482 (2020)[1]
Annual budgetUS$388 million (FY 2022, requested)[2]
Agency executive

The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission.[5] 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 the territories of the United States. The FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries in North America. The FCC is funded entirely by regulatory fees. It has an estimated fiscal-2022 budget of US $388 million.[2] It has 1,482 federal employees as of July 2020.[6]

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