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Talking Tech in the Cradle of Liberty

September 22, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Two-hundred twenty-seven years ago this week, the U.S. Constitution was ratified in Philadelphia, establishing our system of government and enshrining a vision of a more perfect Union that still guides us today. Part of that vision was the belief that promoting communications promotes a healthy
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Exploring New Ideas for Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

September 22, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week was a big one in the Commission’s quest for the best approach to protect and promote an Open Internet. Our public comment period ended on Monday . . . with more than 3.7 million comments and reply comments submitted by a public that is passionate about this issue. Many of
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Connecting All Schools and Libraries – Learning from State Strategies and Data

September 19, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Outreach to state and school district staff and library leaders has been a critical element of the E-rate modernization process.  Commission staff has been in frequent contact with staff from school districts, state agencies, libraries, and research and education networks (RENs) from
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An Update on the Volume of Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

September 17, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
Monday night concluded the second round of comments for the FCC's Open Internet Proceeding. During the last four months, the Commission has received a large number of comments from a wide range of constituents via three methods: (1) the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2) the
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FCC Celebrates National Health IT Week

September 15, 2014 by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force and Deputy General Counsel
At the FCC this week, the Connect2HeatlhFCC Task Force is joining public and private stakeholders in celebrating National Health IT Week, September 15-19:  http://www.healthit.gov/healthitweek/.  Two big events of note: On Monday, September 15, Commissioner Clyburn will
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An Additional Option for Filing Open Internet Comments

September 11, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
The volume of public feedback in the Open Internet proceeding has been commensurate with the importance of the effort to preserve a free and open Internet. The Commission is working to ensure that all comments are processed and that we have a full accounting of the number received as soon as
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Updating Old Policies; Pioneering New Ones

September 9, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Since becoming Chairman, I’ve spoken often about the importance of reviewing the FCC’s rules and processes, and eliminating or modernizing outdated practices that no longer make sense. There is no better example of an FCC rule that has outlived its usefulness and deserves to be
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Spreading the Good Word about Lifeline

September 8, 2014 by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Most Americans take their home phone service for granted. But for families who are struggling to pay for food, clothing and shelter, phone service is a luxury that often must be put on hold for better times. Unfortunately, those better times may be elusive without the connection that basic
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The Future of FCC.GOV

September 5, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
In August the FCC launched a project to improve fcc.gov and unify all of our related subdomains. The project is focused on enhancing our website to allow the FCC to more effectively meet the needs of our site’s internal and external stakeholders. To ensure optimal usability for fcc.gov
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A Brief History of Competition Policies and Networks

September 5, 2014 by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
Yesterday, Chairman Wheeler gave an important speech on the status and the future of broadband competition, emphasizing the increasingly limited choices emerging for American consumers for wired broadband connections at the higher speeds that consumers increasingly demand. He looked at the
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