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The Process of Governance: The FCC & the Open Internet Order

March 2, 2015 - 03:22 PM by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
The Commission’s recent adoption of new Open Internet rules has received unprecedented attention and, along with national debate about the outcomes, has generated significant interest in the process by which the FCC, like other independent regulatory agencies, creates rules. In
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Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 01:44 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
This week, March 1-7, 2015, the FCC is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), joining with a coalition of more than 85 consumer advocacy groups and federal, state and local government agencies in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection. Together
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Good News for Consumers, Innovators and Financial Markets

February 26, 2015 - 12:05 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Thank you to the over four million Americans who participated in the Open Internet proceeding. Thanks to them, this decision on Internet openness was itself the most open proceeding in the history of the FCC. As a result, the FCC today has taken an important step that should reassure
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Driving Wi-Fi Ahead: the Upper 5 GHz Band

February 23, 2015 - 05:02 PM by Michael O’Rielly, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioners
Today’s Wi-Fi spectrum bands are wildly popular.  But with more and more people and devices taking advantage of this technology, these bands are getting congested.  It reminds us of the famous Yogi Berra quote, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too
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Just Around the Broadband Bend

February 23, 2015 - 04:04 PM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
It's often said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  I had just such an experience when the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force went to Jackson and Sunflower County, Mississippi.  Our meetings, roundtables, and site
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Wireless Providers Fulfill Commitment to let Consumers Unlock Mobile Phones

February 11, 2015 - 02:40 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
One year ago, the FCC announced a voluntary commitment among a number of mobile wireless service providers to adopt policies that allow their customers to switch networks while keeping their existing devices – a process called cell phone unlocking.  That commitment came with a
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Delegated Authority: Serious Objections and Solutions

February 2, 2015 - 03:47 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
I am fortunate to work at an agency with incredibly dedicated and talented staff.  The vast majority of personnel at the FCC are hardworking public servants, intent on conscientiously carrying out our work overseeing the communications industry.  The Daily Digest shows how much they
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Municipal Broadband: A Snapshot

January 30, 2015 - 03:32 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Those who wish to preempt state laws impacting municipal broadband networks often cite up to 21 states that have limitations or restrictions on such networks. A closer inspection of the specific state laws being criticized, however, offers a much different picture regarding the scope and
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A New Year’s Resolution: Using Broadband to Get Healthy and Stay Well

January 30, 2015 - 10:57 AM by Dr. Chris Gibbons, FCC Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
It’s that time of year again . . . resolution time. You often hear that people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. From eating better to being more active, we all tend to see the New Year as a way to make a fresh (and healthy) start. But sometimes convenience is a
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Putting Auction 97 in the History Books

January 29, 2015 - 12:18 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The bidding in Auction 97 – the AWS-3 auction – has concluded. There will be a lot of discussion about the results over the days, weeks and months ahead, and rightly so – this was an historic auction. Although winning bidders must still make payments and submit applications
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