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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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Training on NEPA and Historic Preservation Rules

June 24, 2011 - 03:01 PM by Steve DelSordo, Federal Preservation Officer
More than 200 people gathered in the Commission Meeting Room Tuesday, June 21, to hear presentations on federal environmental and historic preservation regulations for the siting of communications facilities, including towers used for mobile telephone, broadband, broadcast, public safety, and
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Rural Broadband Access in Nebraska

May 26, 2011 - 03:55 PM by Michael Steffen, Special Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Last week, Chairman Genachowski visited two small towns in Nebraska that illustrate the opportunities created by broadband for those who have it, and the opportunities denied to those left behind in the world of dial-up. In Diller, the Chairman visited C&C Processing, where he met two
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SMARTBoards and Other Brilliant Uses of Broadband to Educate our Future Leaders

May 11, 2011 - 06:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
I recently visited Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia where President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and other government officials visited this past March. There they lauded the extraordinary progress the middle school has made by leveraging advanced technology. The
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Where Innovation Happens

May 10, 2011 - 11:38 AM by Clay Johnson, Partner, Big Window Labs
In 1932, Justice Louis Brandeis famously quipped that state governments are the "laboratories of democracies." As our population has grown since then our state governments have grown larger, making cities a new and interesting place for governmental innovation innovation. In many cases, the
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Video Relay Service Reform

May 5, 2011 - 03:11 PM by Paul de Sa, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Government Affairs
For a decade, thousands of people with hearing and speech disabilities, and their hearing friends, colleagues and families, have come to rely on video relay service to communicate with each other. VRS enables individuals who use American Sign Language to make and receive “telephone”
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Making Emergency Alerts and 911 Accessible

April 6, 2011 - 01:48 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Emergency alerts and 911 are the two sides of the emergency communications coin.  Alerts warn the public of impending emergencies and 911 gives the public immediate access to emergency services.  It is a primary responsibility of the FCC to ensure that both of these essential services
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App Accessibility: Are We at a Tipping Point?

March 11, 2011 - 03:33 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Everyone is always talking about some new app, and I simply can’t keep up!Recently, I ran across something called the “iPhone App Directory.” The British magazine, now in its sixth issue, reviews, rates and lists download costs for apps.  I was curious to see how many of the 947
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Connecting America: Removing Barriers

January 1, 2011 - 01:25 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
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Strengthening Accessibility through Global Coordination

November 24, 2010 - 01:53 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
In 2006, the United Nations agreed on the language of a treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty is going through a process of signing and ratification among many countries. In 2009, President Obama signed it in honor of the 19th anniversary
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