Investigations and Hearings [Federal Communications Commission] Law and Legal Definition

The Investigations and Hearings Division within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for resolution of complaints against broadcast stations and other Title III licensees on non-technical matters such as indecency, enhanced underwriting, unauthorized transfer of control and misrepresentation.

The Division is responsible for:

a. resolving complaints against broadcast and other Title III licensees;

b. investigating and taking appropriate enforcement action against common carriers for violations of Title II and FCC rules based on industry allegations;

c. serving as trial staff in formal hearings conducted pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 556 regarding applications, revocation, forfeitures and other matters designated for hearing;

d. investigating and taking appropriate enforcement action for violation of universal service requirements.