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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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New FCC Speed Test App: How does your mobile broadband network measure up?

November 14, 2013 by James Miller and Walter Johnson, Office of Engineering & Technology
Today we’re publicly releasing the first version of the new FCC Speed Test App for Android smartphones, as part of our Measuring Broadband America Program to cellular and Wi-Fi mobile broadband. The app is a first step towards accurately evaluating mobile broadband network performance, and is
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Opening Day at the FCC: Perspectives, Challenges, and Opportunities

November 5, 2013 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Today I had the privilege of meeting with the staff of the Federal Communications Commission for the first time as Chairman. I am grateful to the President and the Senate for the confidence they have placed in me and look forward to working with the superb professionals at the FCC.Over the last
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Mobile Accessibility and Employment of People with Disabilities

October 31, 2013 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is pleased to commemorate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recent years and on a global scale, the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has been dramatic.  A driving force behind this
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On Cyber Trick-or-T(h)reats

October 30, 2013 by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Last week, I started a public conversation on the importance of communication.  This week I want to discuss another side of digital communication:  the spread of viruses, malware, and advanced persistent threats on the internet. The timing of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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On the Importance of Communication

October 21, 2013 by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Our modern world teems with communication. Most of us have cell phones or smart phones that allow us to be reached 24/7 by almost anyone as we move about the planet. We can access the Internet and catch-up on global and local news, share our thoughts via blogs, wikis, instant messages, or
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Updated: The Low Power FM Application Window Is Fast Approaching

October 21, 2013 by Bill Lake, Media Bureau Chief
Reposted from the September 19, 2013 post "The Low Power FM Application Window is Fast Approaching" with Updated InformationIn August we had our first of two webinars on how communities and non-profit organizations can apply for new low-power FM radio station licenses during the next window,
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The Low Power FM Application Window Is Fast Approaching

September 19, 2013 by Bill Lake, Media Bureau Chief
***Due to the Government-wide lapse in funding the webinar date and LPFM Open Filing Window Deadline have changed. Please see "Updated: The Low Power FM Application Window Is Fast Approaching" for the correct dates.***Second, remember that, while you do not need a 501(c)(3) certification,
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FCC Celebrates National Health IT Week

September 16, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
The week of September 16-20, 2013 is National Health Information Technology (IT) Week.  National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made—and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered and paid for and how patients engage in their own health and
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Demonstration of Innovative Accessibility Technology at FCC on Sept. 12

September 9, 2013 by Kelly Jones, Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Would you like to see live demonstrations about new and exciting technologies designed to enhance accessibility?  The FCC will be hosting several such demonstrations in conjunction with its Accessibility and Innovation Initiative speaker series.  Some of these demos will show how a
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