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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]

BlackBerry KEYone Approved By The FCC

03/25/2017, When BlackBerry announced that they would be stepping away from making their own smartphones, the company also reassured customers that those who loved the company’s phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard had nothing to worry about as there would be...

Second-Gen Samsung Gear 360 Spotted At The FCC

03/16/2017, Back in 2016, Samsung launched the Gear 360 digital camera. This is essentially a camera that can capture video all around, which in turn would make it ideal for viewing in virtual reality. In the later part of 2016, we heard the rumors that Samsung had a...

Galaxy S8, S8+ Spotted At The FCC

03/09/2017, If the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a phone that you’ve been waiting for, then you know that in a few weeks you should find out all the official details as Samsung is expected to make the official announcement on the 29th of March. However as for a release,...

FCC Chairman Wants To Activate The iPhone’s FM Radio Chip

02/16/2017, Thanks to the internet and music streaming and digital radio, the need to tune into conventional FM radios is starting to lessen, but if you wanted to tune into regular radio, there are smartphone apps that will do that for you. However recently-appointed...

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Passes Through The FCC

01/25/2017, As with pretty much all things electronic that is being sold in the US, being certified by the FCC is a must. In a recent post on Reddit, WeirdDudeInTheCorner discovered that Nintendo’s Pro Controller for the Switch had made it through the FCC, which...

Potentially New LG Android Wear Smartwatch Spotted At The FCC

01/16/2017, Last year we saw quite a few major Android Wear OEMs pass on the opportunity to make and release new devices for 2016, and LG was one of them. However it seems that 2017 could be a different story because thanks to the recent sighting of an LG smartwatch...

Nintendo Switch Apparently Won’t Have A Removable Battery

12/27/2016, Given that the upcoming Nintendo Switch appears to be both a mobile and home console, some are probably wondering how its battery fares. After all what’s the use of a mobile console if it only lasts for a couple of hours, right? Also more importantly,...

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...