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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute (see 47 U.S.C. § 151 and 47 U.S.C. § 154), and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current President. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security. The Commission is also in the process of modernizing itself. 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 U.S. possessions. 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-2011 budget of US$335.8 million and a proposed fiscal-2012 budget of $354.2 million. It has 1,898 federal employees. [Wikipedia]

FCC Claims AT&T & Verizon Have Violated Net Neutrality

12/02/2016, The concept and idea of net neutrality is one of the hotly-debated topics in recent times. Basically the idea is that all data should be treated equal, but some argue that if a company wants to pay for it, why shouldn’t bandwidth be prioritized for them...

Potentially New NOOK Tablet Spotted At The FCC

10/28/2016, It has been a while since we last saw a Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet, and it almost felt like the company was out of the tablet game. However that might not necessarily be the case because a certain NOOK Tablet 7 has been spotted at the FCC with the...

T-Mobile Settles With The FCC Throttling Of Unlimited Data Plans

10/19/2016, When a company like a carrier tells you that you have unlimited data to do as you wish, you would not be wrong to be skeptical of such claims. After all they are a business and not a charity, meaning that somewhere there has to be a catch. That is the...

HTC Bolt Passes Through The FCC

10/18/2016, The HTC Bolt is an upcoming smartphone by HTC that we have been hearing quite a bit about lately. Unfortunately we have no idea when the phone will be launched, but thanks to a recent sighting at the FCC it would seem to suggest that the launch of the...

Microsoft’s Alleged Surface Keyboard Revealed In FCC Filing

10/05/2016, About a week ago, we heard the rumors that Microsoft had a Surface-branded keyboard in the works, and just recently we caught a glimpse at a Surface-branded mouse thanks to a sighting at the FCC. However it seems that’s not all that was spotted at the...

Microsoft Surface Mouse Revealed In FCC Filings

10/05/2016, We heard recently that Microsoft is working on a new Surface-branded keyboard and that it’s going to be released in the near future. It appears that the keyboard is going to be accompanied by a Surface-branded mouse as well. Latest FCC filings made...

Apple Wireless Device With Bluetooth & NFC Spotted At The FCC

09/25/2016, It is no secret that Apple has plans for wireless technology. The company has filed multiple patents in the past that are related to wireless charging, and in fact earlier this month there were rumors that Apple could be working with MediaTek in creating...

HTC’s Nexus Handsets Seemingly Confirmed In FCC Filing

08/15/2016, By now the general consensus seems to be that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus handsets. It also appears that Google will be keeping to last year’s pattern by offering up two handsets, although in this case it seems that HTC will be making both of...

Google Could Be Working On High-Speed Wireless Internet Service

08/11/2016, Google Fiber – the company’s gigabit internet service – is gradually being rolled out in more cities across the country and it appears that the company is now looking towards the wireless medium to expand high-speed internet. A new FCC...

Fossil Could Have A New Smartwatch In The Works

08/08/2016, Fossil is a company some of you guys might associate with leather goods such as handbags, backpacks, bracelets, and so on. However the company is also known for their watches, and more recently in 2015, the company also dived into the smartwatch scene...

Comcast Wants You To Pay More For Privacy

08/04/2016, One of the largest providers of broadband internet in the United States is of the opinion that customers who want more privacy should pay more money. It informed the FCC that it should be allowed to charge more if users demand more privacy. In its filing...

BlackBerry Hamburg Spotted At The FCC

07/21/2016, Word on the street has it that BlackBerry is working on at least one device called the Hamburg. We’ve seen photos of the handset in leaks, and it looks like it could be getting ready for a launch soon as it has been spotted at the FCC, indicating that...

Moto E3 Spotted At The FCC, Could Launch Stateside In September

07/20/2016, Several days ago, the Moto E3 was launched in the UK without much fanfare. It is the lowest-specced phone out of the Moto lineup which we guess did not exactly warranty much celebration or its own event. However for customers in the US looking for a...

Nexus Player With Refreshed Hardware Spotted At The FCC

06/03/2016, A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the Nexus Player disappeared from the Google Store suggesting that maybe Google was done with the device. We have seen Google abandon certain hardware products in the past, like the ill-fated Nexus Q and the Nexus 9...