Welcome to the Enforcement Bureau's Home Page!
The Enforcement Bureau is the primary organizational unit within the Federal
Communications Commission that is responsible for enforcement of provisions
of the Communications Act, the Commission's rules, Commission orders and
terms and conditions of station authorizations.
Major areas of enforcement that are handled by the Enforcement Bureau are:
(1) consumer protection enforcement; (2) local competition enforcement; and
(3) public safety/homeland security enforcement.
The Enforcement Bureau protects consumers by investigating and taking or
recommending enforcement actions for violation of consumer protection
provisions of the Communications Act that apply to telephone companies.
These include, for example, provisions prohibiting slamming (i.e., the
unauthorized changing of a consumer's long distance carrier), unsolicited
faxes and telemarketing calls to people on the National Do-Not-Call
Registry. In addition, the Enforcement Bureau protects consumers through
enforcement of statutes and rules that apply to broadcast stations such as
obscenity and indecency, broadcast of telephone conversations,
station-conducted contests, broadcast station main studio and public
inspection file requirements.
The Enforcement Bureau promotes competition in the telecommunications
industry by investigating and taking or recommending enforcement actions for
violation of competition and market-related provisions of the Communications
Act and Commission rules. The Enforcement Bureau also adjudicates and
mediates disputes between telecommunications industry entities.
The Enforcement Bureau promotes efficient public safety and other
spectrum-based communications by investigating and taking or recommending
enforcement actions for violation of technical and operational rules that
apply to use of spectrum such as unauthorized broadcast station operation,
cable signal leakage, and interference to public safety communications. The
Enforcement Bureau also enforces rules designed to protect safety of life
such as the Emergency Alert System, construction, marking and lighting of
antenna structures and radiofrequency radiation.
You can find additional information about the Enforcement Bureau and its
efforts on our web site.