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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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A New Step in Promoting Safety and Innovation in Healthcare IT

September 6, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of FCC Health Care Initiatives
The FCC is committed to accelerating the adoption and innovation of health information technology (health IT) through wired and wireless broadband.  Health IT tools such as electronic health records, mobile health applications and mobile body area networks (MBANS) hold great
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FCC Releases a Software Development Kit for the Accessibility Clearinghouse

August 28, 2013 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative and Aaron Vimont, Accessibility Innovation Summer Intern
Created as part of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), the FCC’s Accessibility Clearinghouse is designed to be a useful, reliable, and reusable resource for individuals seeking accessibility solutions to give them full access to our nation's
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Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series

August 26, 2013 by Susan Fisenne, Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Those of us working at the FCC strongly believe that the power of technology should benefit and be available to all Americans, including those with disabilities.  Communications technology is empowering to all, but for people with disabilities, it is especially promising.  It can
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Adding Local Voices to the Radio Airwaves

August 12, 2013 by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
The FCC recently announced that it will accept LPFM license applications between October 15, 2013 and October 29, 2013.  I am extremely excited about the new opportunities presented by the window, which is the result of the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 and the work of the
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FCC Supports National Council of La Raza at Annual Conference Rise As One

August 1, 2013 by Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, Associate Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
In late July, I had the privilege of representing the FCC at the annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference.  NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.True to its theme, Rise As One, the 2013 conference’s workshops and
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AAPI Roundtable

July 26, 2013 by Celeste McCray, Asian American Outreach Team
The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division is responsible for reaching out to many of our underserved communities. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve. Toward that
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FCC Releases New Incentive Auction Repacking Information

July 22, 2013 by Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology
Today, the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice that seeks input on certain data and updated computer software relevant to the repacking component of the upcoming incentive auction. Repacking is one of three major components of the FCC’s incentive auction, along
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Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Debuts Speaker Series

July 12, 2013 by Rebecca Lockhart, Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
The FCC’s Accessibility & Innovation Initiative has a goal of bringing awareness and recognition to the creation and advancement of accessible communication technologies for people with disabilities by promoting collaborative problem-solving among academic, industry, consumer, and
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Hitting the Ground Running with the Lifeline Accountability Database

June 20, 2013 by Kimberly Scardino, Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Nearly 600 participants logged onto our webinar yesterday demonstrating a key component of our comprehensive reforms to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the FCC’s Lifeline program: the National Lifeline Accountability Database.  The database will ensure compliance with one
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