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Data the Way You Want It – New GIS Data Formats for Mobility Fund Phase I

March 8, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
Today the FCC is taking another step in our approach towards open government. We are releasing additional formats of high-need data to make it easier to use for individual analysis. The data we are releasing is for the potentially eligible areas for the Mobility Fund Phase I of the Connect
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Marking Consumer Protection Week at the FCC

March 5, 2012 by Howard Parnell , Chief, Web and Print Publishing Division, Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Looking out for consumers is a year-round job at the FCC, and Consumer Protection Week is an opportunity to take stock in our work, renew our commitments and note the achievements of our colleagues in other agencies.The 21st Annual National Consumer Protection Week runs through March 10, with a
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The Women’s Initiative: Going Mobile and Connecting Women

February 15, 2012 by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
I am proud to announce that the FCC's International Bureau has launched a new Women’s Initiative which will leverage the experience, resources, and connections of the international ICT community to improve the status of women, their communities, and their countries. During my trip to East
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New Features and Enhancements for FCC.gov

February 14, 2012 by David Robbins, Managing Director
Just as the Internet is in a state of constant evolution, a good website must be in a constant state of innovation.  Since the launch of the redesigned FCC.gov last spring, we have continued to roll out new site features and enhancements. The daily work is informed by feedback from an
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Expanding Broadband and Protecting Voice Service in Rural America

February 8, 2012 by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau and Rick Kaplan, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Improving communications in rural America has always been a focus for the FCC, and the primary vehicle to achieve that goal has been the Universal Service Fund.  Despite great strides in this arena, one area where rural America still lagged the rest of the country was access to
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Smart Government Fixes for Lifeline

February 7, 2012 by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
These past few months have been especially proud ones for me at the Federal Communications Commission for one very simple reason: I have had the privilege of being part of a team that put the principles of smart government to work.  Yesterday, the Commission released a bipartisan Order
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Understanding Maps at the Federal Communications Commission

February 3, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
Last October, the FCC quietly deployed a new section to fcc.gov.  The section, http://www.fcc.gov/maps, translates complex policy into understandable stories for consumers.   Our maps are a fresh approach to internet mapping and help to advance our goal of open government.
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FCC Chairman: Digital Textbooks to All Students in Five Years

February 3, 2012 by Jordan Usdan and Josh Gottheimer
Wednesday, at the first-ever Digital Learning Day Town Hall in Washington, DC, FCC Chairman Genachowski and Secretary of Education Duncan challenged states and the education and technology industries to get digital textbooks into the hands of all students in five years. Barriers to
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New Year Solutions for Rural Call Completion Problems

January 5, 2012 by Sharon Gillett and Jamie Barnett, Chiefs of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Rural “call completion” problems are a serious issue that the Commission has been grappling with over the past few months.  Local phone providers in rural areas have reported an alarming increase in complaints from customers that long distance calls and faxes are not reaching them.
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Apps for Communities Challenge Winners Announced

December 15, 2011 by Brittany L. Stevenson, New Media Associate
Last April, Knight Foundation and the Federal Communications Commission challenged developers and citizens from across the country to develop apps that deliver personalized, actionable information for the Apps for Communities Challenge. As a result, we received almost 70 entries from around the
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