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Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) is the U.S. [telecommunications regulator] . It is an [independent agency of the United States government] , created, directed, and empowered by [Congressional] [statute] (see and ), 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] , and modernizing the FCC.

The FCC was established by the [Communications Act of 1934] as the successor to the [Federal Radio Commission] and is charged with [regulating] all non-federal government use of the radio [spectrum] (including [radio] and [television] broadcasting), and all interstate [telecommunications] ( [wire] , [satellite] and [cable] ) as well as all international [communications] that originate or terminate in the United States. It is an important factor in U.S. [telecommunication policy] . 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] . Due however to close geographic proximity to 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 has a 2009 proposed budget of $466 million which is funded by $1 million in taxpayer appropriations and the rest in regulatory fees. It has 1,899 " [full-time equivalent] " federal employees.

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