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Federal Communications Commission: Independent agency of the U.S. Government
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government created by statute to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. The FCC maintains jurisdiction over the areas of broadband access, fair competition, radio frequency use, media responsibility, public safety, and homeland security.


Suicide Prevention Hotline Number Should Be 3 Digits, U.S. Agency Says

The F.C.C. contends that shortening the number to 988 from its current 10 digits “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially lifesaving resources.”
NYTimes.com - Published

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' hit with $395,000 fine over emergency tones in skit

Simulated wireless alert tones used in a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" skit making fun of a presidential alert test have cost Walt Disney Co's ABC $395,000 in civil fines with the U.S. Federal Communications..
Reuters - Published

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No Cussing At DNC Houston Debate [Video]No Cussing At DNC Houston Debate

The Democratic National Committee sent out an email to the 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns. The email reminded the campaigns not to use "foul language" in the upcoming Democratic debate this..

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FCC fines ABC $395,000 over 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' emergency alert tones

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday said Walt Disney Co's ABC unit has agreed to pay a $395,000 civil penalty after an October 2018 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" used a simulated..
Reuters - Published

FCC suggests '988' as new suicide prevention hotline

U.S. Federal Communications Commission staffers recommended the agency designate "988" as a new phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in place of the current 10-digit number, the..
Reuters - Published

FCC chair recommends approval of merger between T-Mobile and Sprint

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has formally recommended Wednesday approving the merger between wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint.
USATODAY.com - Published

FCC passes new rules against "spoof" robocalls

There's a big push to crack down on annoying robocalls from overseas. The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules surrounding those illegal calls. Technology makes it easy for scammers to..
CBS News - Published

FCC votes to ban foreign robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to finally hang up on foreign robocalls. The phone calls appear to be from a familiar area code, but a scammer is often on the other end. Kris Van..
CBS News - Published

New satellite factory to focus on space-based internet

"OneWeb is doing for the satellite industry what Henry Ford did for cars," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
CBS News - Published

FCC Robocall Summit: Your guide to new SHAKEN/STIR caller verification

The FCC is hosting a Robocall Summit to talk about phone carriers implementing SHAKEN/STIR, or caller verification coming at the end of this year
USATODAY.com - Published

The FCC's robocall offensive: text messages and international 'spoofed' calls targeted

Proposed Federal Communications Commission rules will combat robocall "spoofing" scams delivered via text message and international phone calls.
USATODAY.com - Published

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At least 1 killed, several injured in Dallas crane collapse; FCC greenlights tougher restrictions on robocalls.
CBS News - Published

FCC greenlights tougher restrictions on robocalls

Federal regulators are stepping up the war on robocalls. The problem has exploded to five billion calls a month, amounting to about 14 calls per person. But now the FCC has given the greenlight to..
CBS News - Published

Robocall ruling by FCC will let phone companies block unwanted calls by default

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to allow phone providers to block robocalls and other unwanted calls by default.
USATODAY.com - Published

FCC allows automatic blocking of robocalls

Phone companies can now block robocalls by default, but they are permitted to charge you for the service
CBS News - Published

FCC should block robocalls by default

The FCC is trying to stop robocalls. Under the chairman's new proposal, phone companies won’t have to wait before offering protections from robocalls.
USATODAY.com - Published

Scientists worry 5G network could interfere with weather forecasting

Meteorologists are concerned some of the frequencies the FCC plans to use for 5G are located next to the only frequency where weather satellites can detect water vapor. Meg Oliver reports.
CBS News - Published

Meteorologists fear 5G network could take forecasting back to the 80s

Meteorologists are concerned some of the frequencies the FCC plans to use for 5G are located next to the only frequency where weather satellites can detect water vapor
CBS News - Published

T-Mobile-Sprint deal clears FCC hurdle: Will you pay more for your cellular plan?

The pending $26-billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger cleared a major regulatory hurdle when the FCC gave its blessing. Will consumers embrace the union too?
USATODAY.com - Published

FCC chief supports T-Mobile and Sprint merger

Ajit Pai said the corporate combo will bring faster mobile broadband to rural America and hasten rollout of 5G technology
CBS News - Published

T-Mobile, Sprint make concessions, FCC chairman supports $26B merger

T-Mobile and Sprint have made enough concessions that FCC chairman Ajit Pai is prepared to approve the telecom companies' $26 billion merger.
USATODAY.com - Published

Net neutrality supporter sentenced for death threats to FCC Chairman Pai

A California man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty for threatening to kill the family of U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai over the regulator's..
Reuters - Published

FCC announces new steps to block robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission announced new steps aimed at blocking annoying robocalls. Last month alone, nearly 5 billion robocalls were made in the U.S. Mola Lenghi explains.
CBS News - Published

FCC taking aim at annoying robocalls with new tool

Major phone carriers will be allowed to use a technology to block unidentified callers by default
CBS News - Published

Robocalls could be blocked by phone companies under proposed rules, FCC chairman says

The Federal Communications Commission will consider rules that would let phone companies automatically block unwanted robocalls, Ajit Pail says
USATODAY.com - Published

Crazy talk! FCC warns customers about 'one ring' robocall scam

If your phone rings once and then stops, and you don’t know the number in the first place, don’t call back. The Federal Communications Commission recently warned customers it’s part of the “one..
USATODAY.com - Published

"One Ring" robocalling scam wants you to call back

FCC warns consumers to beware scheme that connects unsuspecting callers to a 900 number
CBS News - Published

F.C.C. Warns About the ‘One Ring’ Robocall Scheme

In the scheme, the phone rings once with no message, prompting some consumers to call back and be connected to a high-billing number, similar to a 900 one.
NYTimes.com - Published

These robocalls don't want to talk to you, they just want you to call back, FCC says

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers of a new wave of one-ring robocalls. If you call back, you can be hit with toll charges.
USATODAY.com - Published

Democratic House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality - But There’s a Long Road Ahead

democratic house votes to restore net neutrality - but there’s a long road ahead
by Adam Yardley - The US House of Representatives has voted to bring the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules back into law following months of speculation. However, with the bill set to undergo further..
One News Page Staff - Published

Trump tweets: 'Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC' look into 'SNL'?

President Trump is again calling for the FCC or FEC to look into the way "Saturday Night Live" and other late-night shows cover him. But can he?
USATODAY.com - Published

FCC commissioner: We need to crack down on e-cigarette advertisements

We can't sit idly by while the equivalent of the Marlboro Man surfaces in advertising, introducing the next generation to addicting tobacco products.
USATODAY.com - Published

T-Mobile promises not to raise prices for 3 years if Sprint merger is approved

T-Mobile CEO John Legere told the FCC the wireless provider will not raise prices for three years if its $59 billion merger with Sprint is approved.
USATODAY.com - Published

15 senators demand FCC, FTC investigate carriers selling location data

The demand comes after a report found carriers such as AT&T were selling data to buyers such as bounty hunters
CBS News - Published

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