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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States 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.

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FCC unanimously approves 988 as new three-digit suicide prevention hotline

The process will take two years, as telecom and voice service companies will be mandated to have a 988 hotline by July 16, 2022.
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Republican senators push FCC to act on Trump social media order

Four Republican senators on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review whether to revise liability protections for internet companies after U.S. President Donald Trump urged..
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FCC proposes record $225 million fine for massive robocall campaign

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to propose a record-setting $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for allegedly making..
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FCC awarding up to $16 billion to address U.S. areas lacking broadband service

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to adopt auction procedures to provide up to $16 billion to areas that lack broadband service, including nearly six million unserved rural..
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Trump's push to regulate social media faces uphill battle at FCC

U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to regulate social media companies' content decisions may face an uphill battle from regulators who have previously said they cannot oversee the conduct of internet..
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Trump's social media regulation push faces key hurdle at the FCC

U.S. President Donald Trump's effort to regulate social media companies' content decisions may face an uphill battle from regulators who have previously said they cannot oversee the conduct of internet..
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Trump again pressures U.S. regulator on news programming

U.S. President Donald Trump is again pressuring the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over a broadcast news program after failing for years to convince regulators to take any action against..
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Today in History for May 9th

Highlights of this day in history: The FDA approves the first birth control pill; FCC chief Newton Minow condemns TV programming; Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole; Journalist Mike..
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Pentagon blasts FCC decision to approve Ligado spectrum plan

The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday blasted a decision by the Federal Communications Commission last month to allow Ligado Networks to deploy a low-power nationwide mobile broadband network,..
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Coronavirus made working from home the new normal. So the FCC is giving us a new Wi-Fi lane

The need for workers to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic has persuaded the FCC to expand the WiFi spectrum for the first time in 20 years.
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U.S. agency rejects group's request to probe Trump coronavirus broadcasts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Monday it was rejecting a petition that sought an investigation into broadcasters that aired statements U.S. President Donald Trump made in news..
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FCC will not investigate Trump coronavirus press conference broadcasts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Monday it was rejecting a petition that sought an investigation into broadcasters that aired statements U.S. President Donald Trump made about the..
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Internet Providers Won’t Cut Off Users Over Unpaid Bills for 60 Days

The pledge some companies took, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, also calls for them to open public Wi-Fi hot spots and waive late fees, the F.C.C. said.
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Major U.S. internet firms agree not to cancel service over next 60 days: FCC

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that major internet providers - including Comcast Corp, AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc - agreed not to terminate service for subscribers for..
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Man Faces a Proposed $13 Million Fine for Racist Robocalls, U.S. Says

The Federal Communications Commission said the intent of the robocalls was to “cause harm” with more than 6,000 such calls in six states.
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FCC vote supports 3-digit suicide hotline number

U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline that is similar to 911.  
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FCC chair, Democrats call on Congress to reverse planned spectrum sale

The chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday joined several Democratic senators in urging the cancellation of an auction of wireless spectrum used by U.S. law enforcement agencies..
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Calendar: Week of December 11

From National Cocoa Day to an FCC vote which may end net neutrality, "Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Jane Pauley reports.
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Spain's FCC says cooperating with justice in Panama corruption probe

Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC said on Thursday that it was fully cooperating with a High Court corruption investigation linked to 82 million euros ($92 million) in payments it..
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FCC to vote to bar Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program

The U.S. telecommunications regulator plans to vote in November to designate Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp as national security risks, barring their customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government..
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FCC's net neutrality repeal is upheld, but with caveats

A federal court ruling is considered a victory for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, but net neutrality supporters find "silver linings"
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Trump administration cannot bar states from passing own internet rules, U.S. court says

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected the decision of the Federal Communications Commission to declare that states cannot pass their own net neutrality laws and ordered the agency to review some key..
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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.”
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'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..
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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..
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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.
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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..
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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..
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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
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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
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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.
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At least 1 killed, several injured in Dallas crane collapse; FCC greenlights tougher restrictions on robocalls.
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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..
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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.
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FCC allows automatic blocking of robocalls

Phone companies can now block robocalls by default, but they are permitted to charge you for the service
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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.
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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..
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