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Federal Communications Commission
FCC
Seal of the United States Federal Communications Commission.svg
Official seal
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Logo
Agency overview
FormedJune 19, 1934; 86 years ago (1934-06-19)
Preceding agency
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
Headquarters445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C., U.S.
38°53′00″N 77°01′44″W / 38.8834°N 77.0288°W / 38.8834; -77.0288Coordinates: 38°53′00″N 77°01′44″W / 38.8834°N 77.0288°W / 38.8834; -77.0288
Employees1,688[1]
Annual budgetUS$388 million (FY 2016, requested)[2]
Agency executive
Websitewww.fcc.gov
Footnotes
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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.[4]

The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission. 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 the territories of the United States. The FCC also provides varied degrees of cooperation, oversight, and leadership for similar communications bodies in other countries of North America. The FCC is funded entirely by regulatory fees. It has an estimated fiscal-2016 budget of US $388 million. It has 1,454 federal employees as of July 2019.[5]