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Introducing FCC Distinguished Health IT Scholar, Dr. Chris Gibbons

November 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
The American scientist and inventor Edwin Land once said, “don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.”  (You may recall that Land co-founded the Polaroid Corporation, which revolutionized instant photography.) Connecting everyone,
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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 02:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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Learning from the Rural Broadband Experiments

October 29, 2014 - 12:39 PM by Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week, the Wireline Competition Bureau opened the application filing window for parties interested in participating in the Commission’s rural broadband experiments.  Already we have seen activity in the online system we are using to accept the applications, with many entities
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Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future

October 28, 2014 - 01:48 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch.  The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs.  Today the FCC takes the first
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Looking for the Best Approach to Preserve the Open Internet

October 27, 2014 - 03:21 PM by Jon Sallet, Roger Sherman, and Julie Veach
Earlier this month, the Commission held the last in its series of six Open Internet Roundtables.  At each one of these roundtables—totaling over 20 hours— panelists with diverse viewpoints dove into many of the thorniest issues in this proceeding, responding to questions from
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FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

October 22, 2014 - 03:07 PM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
**This blog has been updated as of 12/23/2014 to refelect the following: Corrected December 23, 2014: The number of comments received during the reply comment period was initially reported erroneously in this post as 725,169 comments received through ECFS and CSV file uploads and another
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Transaction Reviews and the Public Interest

October 7, 2014 - 01:57 PM by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, Jon Sallet, General Counsel & Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, in connection with two significant and simultaneous merger reviews, the Media Bureau issued an Order establishing unique protections for the Merger Applicants’ programming contracts, retransmission agreements, and other related materials. This new procedure balances three
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Evolution in the Cellular Service

October 2, 2014 - 10:40 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
In the 1980s, the FCC launched the 800 MHz Cellular Service, the first “cell phone” spectrum band, sparking a worldwide mobile revolution.  Three decades later, Cellular has been, by any measure, an incredible success.  Using these frequencies, wireless operators have
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Talking Tech in the Cradle of Liberty

September 22, 2014 - 04:27 PM 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 - 11:29 AM 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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