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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. As Chairman of the FCC, visiting a television station isn’t necessarily that noteworthy. But
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Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public Interest.

January 30, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
Technology and networks are rapidly changing. We support technological innovation, but our challenge is preserving the values that consumers and businesses have come to expect from their networks – universal access, public safety, competition, and consumer protection. That’s why earlier
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Helping American Students Compete in a Digital World

January 24, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier this month I visited Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, one of the tens of thousands of schools across America connected to the Internet thanks largely to the E-Rate program.  E-Rate was established as a result of the bipartisan Telecommunications Act of 1996 to help schools and
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Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future

January 14, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Now that the Court of Appeals has ruled on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order upholding the Commission’s authority to act under Section 706, I want to provide a further insight into my oft-repeated statement that I am pro-open Internet.  This perspective will guide my actions and
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Adapting Regulatory Frameworks to 21st Century Networks and Markets

January 9, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
In my first remarks to FCC staff as Chairman, I said that the connective technology that defines the 21st century flows through the FCC, and our challenge is to be as nimble as the innovators and network builders who are changing the world and creating these great opportunities. Meeting that
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Mapping Progress: Connect America Fund’s Broadband Expansion

December 18, 2013 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
Recently, the Wireline Competition Bureau authorized $255 million from the Connect America Fund to expand broadband in rural areas lacking service.  It’s great news for the over 400,000 rural homes and businesses in 41 states that will get access to wireline broadband for the first
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FCC Continues Push on mHealth Innovation

December 10, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
At last week’s mHeath Innovation Expo, the FCC brought together a terrific mix of exhibitors from the government, telecommunications, healthcare and health IT communities who share a dedication to encouraging new and innovative mHealth products, and streamlining their introduction for use by
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FCC Celebrates National Rural Health Day

November 21, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
Today is National Rural Health Care Day, providing an opportunity to honor the life-saving role that rural health care providers play in their communities, and to focus on how broadband technologies can help them do their jobs even better.Broadband-powered health information technology is
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FCC Speed Test App: Our First Results

November 21, 2013 by Mike Byrne and Eric Spry, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Last week, the FCC released the first public version of the FCC Speed Test app for Android phones.  The app, available for free in the Google Play store, provides precise and nuanced data about the performance of mobile broadband networks used by consumers in the U.S.  The launch was
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The IP Transition: Starting Now

November 19, 2013 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Our communications networks are changing – and fast. What some call the “IP transition” is really a series of transitions; a multi-faceted revolution that advances as the packets of Internet Protocol (IP)-based communication replace the digital stream of bits and analog frequency waves.
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