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Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future

January 14, 2014 - 06:19 PM 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 - 06:22 PM 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 - 02:16 PM 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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On Secure Mobile Health Devices and a Better Future for Us All

December 13, 2013 - 05:19 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Over the last week, we paused to remember and commemorate the leadership legacy of Nelson Mandela and his inspiring hope for both South Africa and our world. I personally found myself reflecting upon 1998, when I was in Cape Town, South Africa as a volunteer, visiting journalist with several
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FCC Continues Push on mHealth Innovation

December 10, 2013 - 01:53 PM 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 - 04:43 PM 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 - 01:47 PM 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 - 01:05 PM 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 - 12:57 PM 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 - 03:34 PM 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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