The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.
Communication is the act of conveying intended meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs and semiotic rules.
A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a state, city or country.
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The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing itself.
Homeland security is an American umbrella term for "the national effort to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards where American interests, aspirations, and ways of life can thrive to the national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the U.S. to terrorism, and minimize the damage from attacks that do occur."
Competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for resources, goods, for mates, for prestige, recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership and profit.
In telecommunications, broadband is a wide bandwidth data transmission with an ability to simultaneously transport multiple signals and traffic types.
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The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission.
The Communications Act of 1934 is a United States federal law, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934, and codified as Chapter 5 of Title 47 of the United States Code, 47 U.S.C. § 151 et seq.
The Federal Radio Commission was a government body that regulated radio use in the United States from its creation in 1926 until its replacement by the Federal Communications Commission in 1934.
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 Political divisions of the United States.
Political divisions of the United States or administrative divisions of the United States are the various governing entities that together form the United States.
The FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America.
North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere.
The FCC is funded entirely by regulatory fees.
It has an estimated fiscal-2016 budget of US$388 million.
It has 1,720 federal employees.