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How The Sidecar Business Model Works

March 6, 2014 - 02:25 PM 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 - 10:14 AM 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 - 03:28 PM 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 - 04:34 PM 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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Commissioner O'Rielly’s Blog Introduction and Views on E-Rate Reform

February 12, 2014 - 02:14 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
As the newest Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, it seems only appropriate that I take advantage of all modern communications tools, including the blogosphere.  For my inaugural FCC blog post, I wanted to share my thoughts on the timely and important issue of E-Rate
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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 - 06:12 PM 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 - 05:36 PM 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 - 02:30 PM 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 - 05:19 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 - 05:22 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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