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Connecting All Schools and Libraries – Learning from State Strategies and Data

September 19, 2014 - 11:55 AM by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Outreach to state and school district staff and library leaders has been a critical element of the E-rate modernization process.  Commission staff has been in frequent contact with staff from school districts, state agencies, libraries, and research and education networks (RENs) from
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An Update on the Volume of Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

September 17, 2014 - 12:02 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
Monday night concluded the second round of comments for the FCC's Open Internet Proceeding. During the last four months, the Commission has received a large number of comments from a wide range of constituents via three methods: (1) the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2) the
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FCC Celebrates National Health IT Week

September 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force and Deputy General Counsel
At the FCC this week, the Connect2HeatlhFCC Task Force is joining public and private stakeholders in celebrating National Health IT Week, September 15-19:  http://www.healthit.gov/healthitweek/.  Two big events of note: On Monday, September 15, Commissioner Clyburn will
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An Additional Option for Filing Open Internet Comments

September 11, 2014 - 03:15 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
The volume of public feedback in the Open Internet proceeding has been commensurate with the importance of the effort to preserve a free and open Internet. The Commission is working to ensure that all comments are processed and that we have a full accounting of the number received as soon as
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Updating Old Policies; Pioneering New Ones

September 9, 2014 - 12:38 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Since becoming Chairman, I’ve spoken often about the importance of reviewing the FCC’s rules and processes, and eliminating or modernizing outdated practices that no longer make sense. There is no better example of an FCC rule that has outlived its usefulness and deserves to be
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Spreading the Good Word about Lifeline

September 8, 2014 - 12:34 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Most Americans take their home phone service for granted. But for families who are struggling to pay for food, clothing and shelter, phone service is a luxury that often must be put on hold for better times. Unfortunately, those better times may be elusive without the connection that basic
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The Future of FCC.GOV

September 5, 2014 - 02:47 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
In August the FCC launched a project to improve fcc.gov and unify all of our related subdomains. The project is focused on enhancing our website to allow the FCC to more effectively meet the needs of our site’s internal and external stakeholders. To ensure optimal usability for fcc.gov
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A Brief History of Competition Policies and Networks

September 5, 2014 - 12:13 PM by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
Yesterday, Chairman Wheeler gave an important speech on the status and the future of broadband competition, emphasizing the increasingly limited choices emerging for American consumers for wired broadband connections at the higher speeds that consumers increasingly demand. He looked at the
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Adding More Color to the E-rate Maps

August 20, 2014 - 10:28 AM by Eric Spry, Acting Geographic Information Officer
Today we are pleased to release our first update to the FCC E-rate Maps of Fiber Connectivity to Schools and Libraries reflecting feedback we have received from stakeholders. These valuable data from state programs, school districts, and Internet providers across the country have helped us turn
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FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

August 5, 2014 - 11:29 AM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email
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