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photo of Roosevelt signing bill In 1934 the U.S. Congress followed up on President Franklin Roosevelt's request to set up the Federal Communications Commission, known as the FCC. As a Commission, the FCC is a U.S. government agency independent of the Executive Branch and is directly responsible to Congress. The FCC regulates broadcast and cable television, satellite, pagers, wireless telephones, as well as radio, telegraph and wireline telephones in all of the 50 states and U.S. territories.

The FCC is headed by five Commissioners.

The President chooses one of the Commissioners to serve as the Chairman.

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Julius Genachowski
FCC Chairman

Only three Commissioners can be of the same political party at any given time.
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Michael J. Copps
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Robert M. McDowell
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Mignon Clyburn
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Meredith Attwell Baker

All Commissioners, including the Chairman, have five year terms, and are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.


The FCC headquarters is located in a 10-story building called Portals II, located at 445 12th Street, SW., in Washington DC.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has specialists answering your questions Monday thru Friday 9:00am til 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time).
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There are many ways to contact the Commission:
 you can dial 1-888-Call-FCC (1-888-225-5322);
 if you are hearing impaired you can contact the FCC by dialing 1-888-Tell-FCC (1-888-835-5322)
 fax number 1-866-418-0232
 e-mail fccinfo@fcc.gov
postal mail to:
   Federal Communications Commission
   445 12th Street SW
   Washington, DC 20554
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On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper made the first cellular phone call.



last reviewed/updated on 08/11/09 

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