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Spreading the Good Word about Lifeline

September 8, 2014 - 01:34 PM 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 - 03:47 PM 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 - 01:13 PM 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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Adding More Color to the E-rate Maps

August 20, 2014 - 11:28 AM by Eric Spry, Acting Geographic Information Officer
Today we are pleased to release our first update to the FCC E-rate Maps of Fiber Connectivity to Schools and Libraries reflecting feedback we have received from stakeholders. These valuable data from state programs, school districts, and Internet providers across the country have helped us turn
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FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

August 5, 2014 - 12:29 PM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email
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Empowering Small Businesses

August 1, 2014 - 11:01 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief
Today, Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to open new opportunities for small and growing businesses in the mobile marketplace. Although the proposal may sound technical – updating the Commission’s approach to small business participation in wireless auctions— the purpose
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Commission Continues Important Work of Providing Relief from the High Cost of Inmate Calling

July 18, 2014 - 11:22 AM by Kalpak Gude, Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau
On July 9, 2014 the FCC held a workshop to analyze the impact of, and discuss issues relating to, ongoing reforms of Inmate Calling Services (ICS).  Last fall, the Commission – in response to a petition that had languished for almost a decade – reformed what it concluded was
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Keeping Track of the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

July 14, 2014 - 03:04 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
*Update: The blog post below has been revised to reflect  the extension of the initial Net Neutrality comment period to 7/18. This week marks the end of the first round of comments in the Commission’s Open Internet Proceeding.  During the past 60 days, the Commission has
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Answers to Common Questions about the E-Rate Modernization Proposal to Get Wi-Fi in ALL Schools and Libraries

June 30, 2014 - 05:41 PM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman and Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
We have spent the past few days – at the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas and in Atlanta at the International Society for Technology in Education 2014 conference and the State Educational Technology Directors Association Emerging Technologies Forum –
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New Opportunities in New Mexico’s Indian Country

June 30, 2014 - 02:04 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pueblo of Acoma in central New Mexico along with Senator Tom Udall, my second visit to Indian Country in 2014.  I saw buildings carved out of the earth by hand in the 17th Century, and also met with community leaders focused on unlocking
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