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Low-Cost Broadband, Computers for Millions of Students, Families

December 14, 2011 - 04:49 PM by Josh Gottheimer and Jordan Usdan, FCC Chairman's Office
Yesterday, at a public school in Washington, DC, joined by cable and technology executives and nonprofit leaders, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced an unprecedented effort to help close the digital divide, bringing low-cost broadband and computers to millions of low-income Americans.Right now
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Low-Cost Broadband and Computers for Students and Families

November 10, 2011 - 06:10 PM by Josh Gottheimer and Jordan Usdan, Chairman's Office
Yesterday, at a public school in Washington, DC, joined by cable and technology executives and nonprofit leaders, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced an unprecedented effort to help close the digital divide, bringing low-cost broadband and computers to millions of low-income Americans.Right now
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FCC and Connect To Compete Tackle Broadband Adoption Challenge

October 13, 2011 - 12:14 PM by Josh Gottheimer and Jordan Usdan, Chairman's Office
Yesterday, joined by executives and nonprofit leaders, Chairman Genachowski announced a first-of-its kind national effort to address broadband adoption, digital literacy, and the employment skills gap.  If you have a moment, there are two articles worth reading from USA Today and the New
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Connect America Fund: Putting Consumers on the Map

October 12, 2011 - 12:09 PM by Sharon Gillett and Michael Byrne, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Geographic Information Officer
Last week, Chairman Genachowski unveiled his proposal to accelerate broadband build-out – wired and wireless – to unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions across the country through the Connect America Fund. If adopted, this proposal would connect millions more Americans to
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At the National Council of La Raza Conference

August 23, 2011 - 11:50 AM by Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, Associate Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Embrace Now, this year’s National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference, kicked off at the end of July. The Commission was well represented as we exhibited at the conference’s National Latino Family Expo. We provided information on a range of topics from the Do Not Call Registry to unwanted
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At the National Council of La Raza Conference

August 23, 2011 - 11:03 AM by Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, Associate Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Embrace Now, this year’s National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference, kicked off at the end of July. The Commission was well represented as we exhibited at the conference’s National Latino Family Expo. We provided information on a range of topics from the Do Not Call Registry to unwanted
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Announcing Apps for Communities Deadline Extended

August 19, 2011 - 04:44 PM by Clay Johnson, Partner, Big Window Labs
We are thrilled to have already received over 35 entries to the Apps for Communities contest, but because we've just recently confirmed our impressive slate of judges, the Knight Foundation and the FCC wanted to give everyone a few extra weeks.  The results of this contest can have an
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Wireless Backhaul Reform

August 9, 2011 - 02:03 PM by John Schauble, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Today, the FCC released a wireless backhaul item that implements key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan, by removing outdated regulatory barriers and unleashing additional spectrum for broadband services. The FCC’s actions will stimulate additional opportunities for broadband
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Chairman Announces Challenge.gov Competition Winners

August 5, 2011 - 11:08 AM by Jordan Usdan, Attorney and Policy Advisor
This morning FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the winners of the agency’s latest contest on Challenge.gov, a competition for scientists and software developers to engage in innovative research and create useful apps that further the understanding of Internet connectivity and network
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2011 American Library Association Conference

July 6, 2011 - 05:03 PM by Staff, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
By Helen Chang, Becky Lockhart and Mikelle MoraThe American Library Association opened its annual conference in New Orleans on June 24.  We attended the conference as representatives of the FCC.  Our purpose was to help educate consumers, librarians and educators on important issues
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