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On the Rise: Regulating Through Pilot Programs

April 10, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
From the good work of my staff, take a look below at the recent trend to fund pilot projects at the Commission.  This upsurge makes it essential that any pilot project have an established and confirmed end date.  I don’t doubt that an occasional pilot project may be of
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Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Facilitate Advanced Health Care Solutions- An occasional series from CONNECT2HEALTHFCC

April 10, 2014 by Michele Ellison, Chair, CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force and FCC Deputy General Counsel Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Health Care Initiatives
Recently, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the formation of a new task force – CONNECT2HEALTHFCC – that will focus on the critical intersection of broadband, advanced technology, and health with the singular goal of ensuring that advanced health care solutions are readily
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New Approaches to Broadband – Wireline, Licensed, and Unlicensed

April 2, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier this week, the Commission approved two items that use innovative approaches to free up spectrum for broadband. One order utilizes spectrum sharing in the AWS-3 band to make airwaves currently used by government available for flexible, commercial use. Another order is taking 100 MHz of
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FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline Is April 15

March 21, 2014 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
*The deadline for nominations for Chairman’s AAA has been extended from March 31 to April 15. This blog post has been edited to reflect the deadline change.One of the most cherished missions of the FCC is helping to bridge the accessibility gap in communications technologies. Entrusted by
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Moving Forward On the E-rate Modernization Path

March 6, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Delivering on the announcement made by Chairman Wheeler in his Digital Learning Day remarks, the Wireline Competition Bureau released today a Public Notice seeking more focused comment on a set of key issues initially raised in the E-Rate Modernization NPRM.  Chairman Wheeler has laid out
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How The Sidecar Business Model Works

March 6, 2014 by Phil Verveer, Senior Counselor to Chairman Wheeler
The sidecar business model involves a dominant and weaker (or, to put it another way, an independent and a dependent) broadcaster in the same market.  The broker exercises operational and financial influence over the brokered station and performs the basic functions of station
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Early Progress in Efforts to Learn About the Impact of Technology Transitions

March 3, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
In January, the Commission’s unanimously adopted Technology Transitions Order kick-started the process for a diverse set of experiments and data collection initiatives focused on how consumers are affected by the historic technology transitions that are transforming our nation’s
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FCC Speed Test App for iPhone Expands Options for Mobile Broadband Performance Information

February 25, 2014 by James Miller and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering and Technology
Late last year, we expanded the Measuring Broadband America program to include mobile broadband measurement, and released our first FCC Speed Test app for Android smartphones. Mobile broadband services are increasingly important to consumers, and this was an exciting first step in our program.
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From the Wall to the Desk: Facilitating 21st Century Digital Learning

February 20, 2014 by Trent Harkrader, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
In his recent Digital Learning Day speech, Chairman Wheeler emphasized the tremendous potential of digital learning for America’s students and teachers.  Among the reasons for the revolution going on in teaching and learning, the Chairman highlighted two transformative technological
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FCC Driving Innovation in Health IT for all Americans at HIMSS

February 19, 2014 by Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
February 23-27 is the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, an event that brings together 37,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.To highlight its efforts in supporting health IT
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