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Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband

June 10, 2014 - 03:17 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga’s proximity to the Tennessee River – a natural network – fueled its initial growth. When the railroad network arrived in the mid-19th century,
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With an Eye Towards WRC 2015

June 9, 2014 - 12:33 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
It is never too early to engage in preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference, or “WRC,” a meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every three to four years.  This conference facilitates the international coordination of spectrum usage
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 23, 2014 - 10:23 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer and, more important, a time to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces. I certainly join my fellow Americans in paying tribute to our fallen heroes and remembering our veterans and today’s
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Preserving An Ever-Free and Open Internet

May 7, 2014 - 03:51 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Over 100,000 Americans have spoken. And during the past few weeks, tens of thousands of consumers, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, schools, educators, healthcare providers and others have reached out to ask me to keep the Internet free and open.  While the calls, emails and letters
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Protecting Consumers in the Transition from Copper Networks

May 7, 2014 - 03:17 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
A unanimous Commission held in January that the technology transitions currently underway are a positive development for American consumers—holding promise for innovative new services and unleashing innovation and opportunity.  The Commission also agreed that its role is to ensure
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Modernizing the FCC Enterprise

April 28, 2014 - 01:28 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
According to the Government Accountability Office, Federal agencies are currently spending over 70% of their Information Technology budgets on maintaining legacy systems. Government-wide, these maintenance costs amount to over $54 billion a year spent on existing legacy systems, and delays
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Ensuring A Fair And Competitive Incentive Auction

April 25, 2014 - 11:32 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Next year the FCC will conduct the first-ever “Incentive Auction,” which will harness market forces to reallocate valuable low-band (below 1 GHz) spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily choose to relinquish their channels in exchange for incentive payments, to wireless
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E-Labeling Deserves Serious Consideration

April 25, 2014 - 10:47 AM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Wireless devices have changed substantially over the last two decades.  Consumers have migrated from block-like flip-phones with monochromatic screens to advanced, all-in-one smartphones,[1] tablets, and even wrist devices.  As these devices continue to shrink, their functionality
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Modernizing E-Rate for Indian Country

April 10, 2014 - 11:35 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, I was honored to meet with Tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual conference to discuss the FCC’s commitment to a reinvigorated Tribal consultation process focused on improving access to modern communications in Indian Country. Acting on this
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On the Rise: Regulating Through Pilot Programs

April 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM 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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