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Expanding Broadband and Protecting Voice Service in Rural America

February 8, 2012 - 03:04 PM 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 - 10:05 AM 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 - 05:16 PM 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 - 01:04 PM 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 - 10:49 AM 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 - 03:52 PM 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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Low-Cost Broadband, Computers for Millions of Students, Families

December 14, 2011 - 03:49 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 - 05:10 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 - 11:14 AM 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 - 11:09 AM 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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