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U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Primary Contacts

Michael Crowe
Office of Engineering and Technology
Phone: 202.418.2863
Fax: 202.418.1918

General Overview of Agency Activities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC ensures that the American people have available, at reasonable costs and without discrimination, rapid, efficient, Nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable.

In this respect, the FCC fulfills the following responsibilities:

  • educates and informs consumers about telecommunications goods and services and engages their input to help guide the work of the Commission
  • coordinates telecommunications policy efforts with industry and other governmental agencies — federal, tribal, state and local — in serving the public interest
  • enforces the Communications Act, as well as the Commission’s rules, orders and authorizations
  • represents the Commission in satellite and international matters
  • regulates AM, FM radio and television broadcast stations, as well as cable television and satellite services
  • oversees cellular and PCS phones, pagers and two-way radios
  • regulates use of radio spectrum to fulfill the communications needs of businesses, aircraft and ship operators, and individuals
  • addresses public safety, homeland security, national security, emergency management and preparedness, disaster management, and other related issues
  • responsible for rules and policies concerning telephone companies that provide interstate, and under certain circumstances intrastate, telecommunications services to the public through the use of wire-based transmission facilities (i.e., corded/cordless telephones)

. Learn more about FCC’s activities

Overview of Regulatory Activities

The FCC is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

Standards Used in Regulation and Procurement

FCC has incorporated into its technical regulations and recognizes voluntary consensus standards developed by the following organizations:

This list may be incomplete and only attempts to name some of the standards developing organizations from which FCC has incorporated standards.

Conformity Assessment

FCC recognizes a variety of conformity assessment approaches on a sector-by-sector basis. For more information:

. Access FCC Compliance Guidelines on how to comply with regulatory requirements

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International Activities

John Giusti
Acting Chief, International Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
Phone: 202.418.1407

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