Federal Communications Commission - FCC

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Federal Communications Commission - FCC'

An independent U.S. government regulatory agency responsible for overseeing all interstate and international communications. The FCC acts to maintain standards and consistency among the ever-growing types of media and methods of distribution, while protecting the interests of both consumers and businesses. The agency is accountable to Congress.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Federal Communications Commission - FCC'

The FCC's actions are watched closely by stock market followers because they affect companies along many different business lines. The FCC allocates cellular and wireless accesss, regulates media company mergers and acquisitions, protects intellectual property rights and regulates standards of content and distribution for all media companies operating in the United States.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Federal Reserve Bank

    The central bank of the United States and the most powerful financial ...
  2. Americans With Disabilities Act ...

    Legislation passed in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against ...
  3. Telecom ETF

    An exchange-traded fund that invests in companies with a significant ...
  4. Interest Rate

    The amount charged, expressed as a percentage of principal, by ...
  5. Telecommunications Consumer Protection ...

    A U.S. federal law created in response to increased consumer ...
  6. Monetary Policy

    The actions of a central bank, currency board or other regulatory ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the long-term outlook of the telecommunications sector?

    The telecommunications sector has been transformed by high-speed mobile Internet use into one of the most evolving, creative ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How does government regulation impact the telecommunications sector?

    Regulation in the telecommunications, or telecom, sector is a mixed bag. Historically, telecommunications technology has ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What are the risks associated with investing in telecommunication stocks

    Investing in telecommunication stocks is unlike investing in most other asset classes due to the nature of the industry. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How does the role of Medicare/Medicaid affect the drugs sector in the U.S.?

    Medicare and Medicaid have enormous influence on the pharmaceutical, or drugs, sector in the United States. For instance, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the ethical arguments against government subsidies to companies like Tesla?

    The ethical argument behind government subsidies is that they should be put into place to help industries that will, in turn, ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What do I do if I think an accountant is in violation of the Generally Accepted Accounting ...

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) promulgates generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Investing Basics

    Google's Take On The Net Neutrality Controversy

    Learn more about the public policy issue of net neutrality and specifically discover what the stance of Google is on this important Internet service debate.
  2. Personal Finance

    How To Pick The Best Telecom Stocks

    This ever-changing industry can leave investors scratching their heads. Find out which metrics matter.
  3. Personal Finance

    Antitrust Defined

    Check out the history and reasons behind antitrust laws, as well as the arguments over them.
  4. Entrepreneurship

    Stop Scams In Their Tracks

    Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones from financial fraudsters.
  5. Professionals

    Can Young Workers Rely on Social Security?

    Young savers have time on their hands to take advantage of many investment strategies, and they should because Social Security alone might not be enough.
  6. Economics

    Sacrifices Necessary to Keep Puerto Rico Afloat

    After years of band aids and significant borrowing to meet its obligations, the time has come for meaningful reform in Puerto Rico.
  7. Economics

    Global Impact of China's Geopolitical Strategy

    China's geopolitical strategy is shifting the status quo from the Pacific to the Pentagon. Can the U.S. keep pace with Chinese military innovation?
  8. Economics

    3 Possibilities If Sanctions Against Iran Lift

    What would happen if sanctions against Iran were lifted?
  9. Economics

    Understanding Iran Sanctions by the US

    Considering US sanctions have been in place for almost 40 years, and Iran is still considered a troubled region, can we say they have been effective?
  10. Economics

    Industries That Will Benefit From Lifting Iran Sanctions

    After sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program are lifted, a number of global industries should benefit from the opening up of second largest country in the Middle East.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!