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Although the issue of net neutrality may not be making the headlines as it was earlier this year, the fight for the open internet still continues. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that everything will be OK. We still need legislation that will protect us from prioritized content, bandwidth/data ...
A filing from Apple at the Federal Communications Commission reveals images of a gold iPhone X that has yet to be released. The 180-day confidentiality period on the photos has now lapsed, offering a clear view of an iPhone X with a glass backplate featuring the same gold tone as the iPhone 8 and 8 ...

The ultimate effect of the Trump Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) elimination of the historical protections for localism was illustrated by the viral video: local faces mouthing a non-local script. Amazingly, when the Chairman of the company that ordered reporters to read those identical “local” ...
The Federal Communications Commission recommended on Tuesday that emergency workers drop the phrase "This is not a drill" when conducting emergency alert exercises. A final report on a false missile alert, which left Hawaii residents fearing for their lives for 38 minutes, offered analysis on what went ...
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a stop in the Bluff City this week as part of a “Jobs and Digital Opportunity” tour that took the chairman from Kentucky to Tennessee and will conclude with a stop in Arkansas. For the record, Pai is a fan of Elvis — he likes the King's ...
Falcon 9 launched in late February carried the first demonstration satellites for SpaceX's satellite internet constellation (Starlink). The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved an application by Space Exploration Holdings (SpaceX) to provide broadband services using satellite technology in the ...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued a highly anticipated ruling reviewing the Federal Communications Commission's July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ACA Int'l, et al. v. FCC, et al., No. 15-1211 (D.C. Cir. Mar.
The United States Federal Communications Commission will soon be holding a vote that will affect the review process for the deployment of small cell wireless equipment, and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association has submitted a filing urging the Commission to make things easier for ...
Do you have Technology to block Robocalls? The FTC & FCC Want You! The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission want you — at least if you are an innovator with a solution for preventing illegal Robocalls. The FTC and FCC are seeking exhibitors for their joint Stop ...
The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to gut U.S. rules that meant to prevent broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. The regulations also prohibited providers from favoring some sites ...
A landmark bill that would reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in nearly three decades passed the House in a rare display of bipartisan support. The Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act, or RAY BAUMS Act, aims to modernize the FCC ...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally decided to address the months-long lack of telecoms service in Puerto Rico, one day before its chair visits the storm-ravaged island. It has been over five months since the US territory was struck by Hurricane Maria and yet, according to the FCC's ...
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, could have to contend with states implementing orders that contradict the FCC's new rules on ... if the Federal Communications Commission proceeds with its plan to unwind net neutrality rules imposed under President Barack Obama in 2015.
Washington governor Jay Inslee on Monday signed the nation's first state law intended to protect net neutrality, setting up a potential legal battle with the Federal Communications Commission. The law bans broadband providers offering service in the state from blocking or throttling legal content, or from ...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who said his top priority is closing the digital divide in rural America, was close to ground zero of that divide in Arkansas on Friday. Pai met for about an hour in Little Rock with state telecommunications executives and state and local officials to ...
The Federal Communications Commission's new rules eliminating its net-neutrality protections are set to take effect next month, but supporters of an open internet aren't giving up hope they can be restored — possibly even right away. State officials, public-interest groups, and internet activists have ...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday proposed that his agency approve a SpaceX application to provide broadband services in the U.S. and globally using satellite technologies. The aerospace company, owned by Tesla Inc. TSLA, -0.42% Chief Executive and founder ...

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a bill reauthorizing funding for the Federal Communications Commission. The bill would allocate funds to television and radio broadcasters affected by the FCC's incentive auction, which repurposes broadcast airwaves for wireless ...
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said in its preliminary report that a combination of human error and inadequate safeguards contributed to the false missile alert in Hawaii on Jan. 13. The employee who transmitted the false alert said in a written statement to the Hawaii ...
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai arrived for an FCC meeting on net neutrality, in Washington last December. January 26, 2018. The Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal network neutrality rules may be one of the worst things to come out of Donald Trump's Washington. And that's ...
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Thursday that he had resigned from a key Federal Communications Commission panel because of what he described as a clear tilt toward the interests of the telecommunications industry. In Washington, D.C., this week on business, Liccardo said he was leaving ...
The employee responsible for sending a false mobile alert across Hawaii warning of an incoming ballistic missile is not cooperating with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigations looking into the matter, an FCC official said Thursday. Lisa Fowlkes, who heads the FCC's Public Safety and ...
A government agency is investigating the fake comments and stolen identities being used to comment on various federal agencies proposal–—including ones used ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will ...
Joey, I have to say quite frankly that I think your argument, as I understand it, is flawed at a very fundamental level. You adopt the view that the 2015 net neutrality regulations have limited the ability of companies to choose what data to favor, essentially stifling competition which would otherwise result in a ...
Mashable contacted the relevant government departments and agencies — such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Security Administration (NSA) — to ask how a shutdown might affect cybersecurity and internet oversight.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Friday it plans to stay open for a week if the government shuts down at the end of the day. “In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at ...
Investigators with the Federal Communications Commission met with state officials and members of the media at the Diamond Head Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. It's the first stage of multiple investigations into what happened on Saturday. The FCC has launched an investigation into both the ...
WASHINGTON, January 18, 2018—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Nirali Patel as Special Counsel. Ms. Patel joins the Office of the Chairman from the Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr, where she has been serving as a Legal Advisor since ...
The Senate Commerce Committee voted to confirm Commissioner Brendan Carr for a full five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission. The panel advanced the nomination in a 14-13 party-line vote on Thursday. Carr, a Republican, was nominated and confirmed in August to a partial term ...
Last summer the Federal Communications Commission floated the possibility of lowering its threshold for connections to be considered broadband. Now it's backing away from that idea. The FCC announced Thursday that it will continue to define home broadband as connections that are 25 megabits per ...
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced soon after of an investigation of the false message. "The chairman said that this event is unacceptable and that it has damaged public confidence in the system in particular. I think we're looking into why there was a 38 minute delay ...
On Dec.14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to enact the Restoring Internet Freedom Act (RIFA) which repealed internet neutrality rules. The rollback of net neutrality regulations, depending on whom you listen to, is either the death of the internet as we know it or the unleashing of a new era ...
With the recent repeal of net neutrality, many people are left wondering what the future of the internet will look like. People have spread the idea that certain websites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, will start charging users to gain access to previously free content. Images of internet packages ...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaking to reporters after a meeting in December. ... A full investigation into a false emergency alert which warned a ballistic missile was heading for Hawaii, according to the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
A protester holds a sign that reads "Resist the FCC" at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on Dec. 14. The FCC voted to eliminate net-neutrality ... The Federal Communications Commission has let Americans down by scrapping its net neutrality rules. Now, states have rightfully taken it ...
They are responding to the Federal Communications Commission's vote last month to end regulations that barred internet service providers from creating slow and fast lanes for different sites and services. The new policy will go into effect in the coming weeks. By passing their own law, the state lawmakers ...
LAS VEGAS -- Less than a month after pushing a vote in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end rules protecting "net neutrality" on the Internet, FCC chairman Ajit Pai missed his victory dance at the Consumer Electronics Show, blaming a series of death threats for cancellation of the FCC ...
Because there is state pre-emption language in the recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission, it is likely that any attempt by a state to enact its own set of rules will likely be brushed aside by the courts. Of course, any state can test that provision, but it would likely be a lengthy and expensive ...
Forty Senators have signed on to co-sponsor a bill introduced in December by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, to disapprove the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules ending net neutrality protections. Because the bill has surpassed its threshold of 30 sponsors, Markey can force the ...
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai abruptly cancelled his appearance at next week's CES trade show due to death threats, Recode reports, citing two unnamed sources at the agency. The sources didn't make public details about the threats, but they told Recode that "federal law ...
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $13.4 million fine on TV-station owner Sinclair for not identifying paid programming as advertising. Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is one of the country's largest owners of TV stations. It pays networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for the national news, ...
On the eve of a historic vote at the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Ajit Pai starred in an eccentric video that featured him dressed as Santa, wielding a lightsaber and clutching a fidget spinner to defend his contentious move to repeal net neutrality and mock the criticism against it.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations that guaranteed equal access to the Internet, a controversial reversal that drew swift rebuke by companies and politicians in the Bay Area, where many advocates for the rules said they counted on ...
(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal ...
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to vote on the future of net neutrality in the U.S. on Thursday, it turns out a vast majority of the country doesn't want them to repeal the rules that are in place. It's almost certain that the FCC will repeal the regulations, as Republican nominees ...
A Democratic commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission responded to a report that the agency's Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, was being subject to not only racists comments but also deaths threats which prompted him to cancel an appearance at a recent event. Jessica Rosenworcel was ...
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission passed rules regarding open internet neutrality regulation for wired and wireless internet connections. On the internet, information is made of packets that travel from point A to point B through internet service providers (ISPs). A neutral or open internet ...
Published reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats. Pai has scrapped popular net-neutrality rules that had barred broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic. The policy's ...
Charging your mobile device wirelessly is certainly less of a hassle than plugging it in, but still requires the device be in physical contact with its station to actually work. That's about to change now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the first wireless charger that works from up to ...
Minnesota is joining a lawsuit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to repeal the net neutrality rules, according to reports. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) told Minnesota Public Radio and other outlets that repealing the rules could hurt consumers and ...


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The Enforcement Bureau's Regional and Field Offices are responsible for handling a variety of on-scene investigations and inspections in response to complaints and in support of the Commission's operations. For example, field agents conduct routine on-site inspections of radio facilities, cable systems and antenna structures to determine compliance with applicable FCC rules. Field agents also investigate unauthorized operation in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act. In conjunction with the Enforcement Bureau's Spectrum Enforcement Division  and the FCC's Office of General Counsel , field agents assist the Department of Justice with in rem seizures of equipment used by unauthorized operators.

Field agents also assist other divisions within the Enforcement Bureau as well as other Bureaus and Offices with investigations.

For more information on Regional and Field Offices, click here .
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