The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
It was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and operates as an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress. The commission is committed to being a responsive, efficient and effective agency capable of facing the technological and economic opportunities of the new millennium.
In its work, the agency seeks to capitalize on its competencies in:
- Promoting competition, innovation, and investment in broadband services and facilities;
- Supporting the nation’s economy by ensuring an appropriate competitive framework for the unfolding of the communications revolution;
- Encouraging the highest and best use of spectrum domestically and internationally;
- Revising media regulations so that new technologies flourish alongside diversity and localism;
- Providing leadership in strengthening the defense of the nation’s communications infrastructure.