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Getting your work done on the new FCC.gov

by Haley Van Dyck, FCC New Media
April 7, 2011

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:153:height=104,width=70]]The FCC’s online presence is a lot of things to a lot of people. Reimagining FCC.gov means maximizing the value that all of the agency’s stakeholders – consumers, businesses, public safety and telecommunications professionals – derive from the site.

The overall redesign of FCC.gov is taking place in two phases. The first phase, currently taking shape on the live beta site, is focused on making the site more citizen-friendly by emphasizing plain language, limiting the use of obscure acronyms, and making it easier for the public to engage with our agency.

The second phase of the redesign will bring many of the FCC’s legacy systems and databases up to speed. Many of these systems facilitate billions of dollars in transactions that are vital to American prosperity in a global, connected economy. We can use the lessons we’ve been learning from the beta launch to simplify data collections, improve time to market, and facilitate transactions at the speed of 21st century technology. We’ll have more details on this next phase soon.

To help our daily FCC.gov users get better acquainted with the new site, we’ve created a cheat-sheet describing some of the major changes:

EDOCs -> Official Documents

Looking for an NOI or a recently released PN? Check out the new “Official Documents” section of the site—a large feed of the dozens of official documents the agency produces daily, equipped with filters and sorting tools to help you quickly find what you’re looking for.

Electronic Comment Filing System -> Public Comment

ECFS isn’t going anywhere—it’s just getting a bit of a new skin. You can find ECFS in several places on the new site:

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Modernizing and Streamlining the Universal Service Fund

by Haley Van Dÿck, FCC New Media
February 7, 2011

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:153:height=104,width=70]]This morning, Chairman Genachowski laid out a proposal to get broadband to rural America while cutting waste and inefficiency in two of the Commission’s largest programs.

Universal service has been core to the FCC’s mission since the Communications Act of 1934 created the agency and committed our nation to making vital communications services accessible to all.  The Universal Service Fund helped connect virtually every American to our 20th century communications grid.  But this program, along with Commission’s closely related Intercarrier Compensation rules, have become riddled with waste and inefficiency and are not up to our nation’s broadband challenge. Today, up to 24 million Americans have no access to broadband—fixed or mobile.

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At tomorrow’s meeting, the Commission will vote on the proposal to transform the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation rules from programs designed to support 20th Century voice networks to a force for expansion of 21st century fixed and mobile broadband and voice networks, while eliminating waste and inefficiency.

Read the full text of Chairman Genachowski’s speech here.

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Brainstorming: the FCC Mobile App

by Haley Van Dÿck, FCC New Media
October 5, 2010

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:153:height=104,width=70]] The rate of mobile users has sky-rocketed in the past ten years, with over five billion mobile devices world wide. Today Americans are spending more time online through their phones than ever before, with 6 out of 10 Americans connecting to the Internet through mobile access.

The FCC understands that growth like this makes mobile broadband even more vital in keeping Americans connected. To empower and inform consumers, we released iPhone and Android applications to test mobile broadband speeds. Since the FCC Broadband Speed Test launched in March, over 1.3 million speed test have been run.

As part of our FCC.gov redesign efforts, we're heading back to the drawing boards to develop more powerful and innovative mobile applications to put in consumers' hands.

Here's where we need you. We want to hear your ideas for new FCC Mobile Applications. What kinds of functionality could we deliver? Guidelines and precautions for emergency situations? Tools that illuminate the sometimes fuzzy world of consumer electronics and billing? Maps that mash up FCC data with private sector data?

Send us your thoughts on your ideal consumer-focused FCC mobile applications. You can post your ideas in our forum, or check out ideas from other people and vote on your favorites.

Click here to share your ideas, or post a comment below.

Thanks—we're looking forward to hearing from you.

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July Open Commission Meeting: Thoughts from the Chairman

by Haley Van Dÿck
July 15, 2010

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:153:height=104,width=70]]The FCC held an Open Commission Meeting today to discuss expanding the reach and use of broadband by rural health care providers, increasing access and investment in mobile spectrum, and streamlining efficiency in the Electronic Tariff Filing System.

Chairman Genachowski shares his thoughts on today’s Open Commission Meeting below:

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FCC SENDS NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN TO CONGRESS - Plan Details Actions for Connecting Consumers, Economy with 21st Century Networks

by Haley Van Dÿck
March 16, 2010

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission delivered to Congress a National Broadband Plan setting an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and society with the communications network of the future -- robust, affordable Internet.

The creation of this plan has been unprecedented for the FCC in how many stakeholders and members of the public, both online and in person, participated in developing the factual record.

The process has been open, transparent and participatory.  You can join the ongoing dialogue as well as the full National Broadband Plan now at Broadband.gov.

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