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Managing E-Rate to Maximize Benefits for Schools & Libraries

June 17, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director
What does good management have to do with quality education?  When it comes to the E-rate program, quite a bit.  In recent months, we have been improving management of E-rate to speed approval of broadband expansion projects sought by schools and libraries across the country. And
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FCC Launches Direct Video Communication Access to Help Consumers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

June 11, 2014 by Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office
The FCC has unveiled a new type of support service specifically designed for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their primary language, American Sign Language (ASL).   The “ASL Consumer Support Line,” announced by Chairman Tom Wheeler at the
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Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband

June 10, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga’s proximity to the Tennessee River – a natural network – fueled its initial growth. When the railroad network arrived in the mid-19th century,
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With an Eye Towards WRC 2015

June 9, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
It is never too early to engage in preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference, or “WRC,” a meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every three to four years.  This conference facilitates the international coordination of spectrum usage
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 23, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer and, more important, a time to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces. I certainly join my fellow Americans in paying tribute to our fallen heroes and remembering our veterans and today’s
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How Older Americans Can Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected

May 19, 2014 by Diana Coho, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Why are many older Americans still hesitant to buy mobile phones, tablets or other devices, access the Internet or become broadband adopters? According to recent studies, many seniors say they shy away from using new devices because they are not sure how to use them or have trouble seeing the
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Preserving An Ever-Free and Open Internet

May 7, 2014 by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Over 100,000 Americans have spoken. And during the past few weeks, tens of thousands of consumers, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, schools, educators, healthcare providers and others have reached out to ask me to keep the Internet free and open.  While the calls, emails and letters
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Protecting Consumers in the Transition from Copper Networks

May 7, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
A unanimous Commission held in January that the technology transitions currently underway are a positive development for American consumers—holding promise for innovative new services and unleashing innovation and opportunity.  The Commission also agreed that its role is to ensure
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Modernizing the FCC Enterprise

April 28, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
According to the Government Accountability Office, Federal agencies are currently spending over 70% of their Information Technology budgets on maintaining legacy systems. Government-wide, these maintenance costs amount to over $54 billion a year spent on existing legacy systems, and delays
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Ensuring A Fair And Competitive Incentive Auction

April 25, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Next year the FCC will conduct the first-ever “Incentive Auction,” which will harness market forces to reallocate valuable low-band (below 1 GHz) spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily choose to relinquish their channels in exchange for incentive payments, to wireless
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