Federal Communications Commission
|Federal Communications Commission|
|Headquarters||445 12th Street SW, Washington DC|
|Leader||Federal Communications Commission/Chair|
Incumbent: Ajit Pai
Since 23 January 2017
|Subpage||•Federal Communications Commission/Chair|
The Federal Communications Commission regulates communication in the US.
The FCC requires that broadcasts be 'decent', but does not specify exactly what this means. Amongst small broadcasters, for whom the potential fines or legal costs from an obscenity trial are huge, the practical effect is a serious chilling effect on speech.
In 2015, the FCC announced plans to make it illegal to reflash wireless routers (for example, with OpenWRT or DD-WRT) so as to allow the creation of mesh networks or other hacks not anticipated by the manufacturers. This was criticised by Vint Cerf and others.