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3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign

March 21, 2013 by Kevin Almasy and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
March 21 marks the launch of “EveryoneOn,” a nationwide public education campaign to help all Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers.In the 21st century workforce, it has never been more important to possess
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Honored By D.C. Chief of Police for Spearheading Fight against Smartphone Theft & Related Assaults

March 1, 2013 by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Last night, D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier honored Chairman Genachowski with the Chief of Police Medal of Merit Award for spearheading efforts to combat massive nationwide smartphone theft and related assaults.In April 2012, Chairman Genachowski joined major police department chiefs,
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Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband How the U.S. Stacks Up and Challenges Ahead

February 26, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, WTB and Julius Knapp, Chief, OET
Today the United States is recognized as a leader in mobile technology, including commercial deployments of LTE and development of mobile operating systems.  This leadership depends on our continuing to make additional spectrum available for licensed mobile broadband and unlicensed uses,
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Broadband Breakfast Club: FCC’s Mobile Broadband Agenda

February 22, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
        But will the same thing happen for broadband?  And if so, when?  When we discuss this topic, one of the questions raised is whether the current structure of data allowances for mobile broadband means that mobile broadband may not really
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Policymaking in a Time of Technology Transitions

February 22, 2013 by Zachary Katz, Chief of Staff
As of last summer, more than 55% of U.S. wireless consumers had smartphones, up from 16% in 2009. The iPad launched less than three years ago; today, more than one third of consumers have a tablet or e-reader. And half of all adults under 35 now live in households without wireline phone
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Connect2Compete and HUD Team Up to Expand Digital Literacy Across the US

February 19, 2013 by Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Although broadband adoption has increased in recent years, one-third of the country is still without home access. With nearly 80-percent of teachers assigning Internet-based homework, a high-speed connection to complete school assignments is a necessity, not an option. We need to ensure that
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Progress Update: How the FCC is Expanding Broadband Connectivity for Health Care

February 1, 2013 by Maya Uppaluru, Public-Private Initiatives
Broadband connectivity is transforming America’s health care system, creating better, faster, and more cost-effective health care across the country. The sector represents almost 18 percent of the nation’s GDP, and increased efficiency has the power to lower costs, create better results for
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Connect America Cost Model (Version 2)

January 16, 2013 by Wireline Competition Bureau
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FCC and Public-Private Partners Launch Smartphone Security Checker to Help Consumers Protect Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

December 17, 2012 by Jordan Usdan & Kevin Almasy, Public Private Initiatives
More than 20 million Americans will unwrap a new mobile device this holiday season, but most smartphone users admit they don’t know how to protect themselves from mobile security threats. With mobile cyber attacks increasing every year (threats increased 367% in 2011), it’s important that
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FCC Announces Availability of Connect America Cost Model (Version 1)

December 11, 2012 by Julie A. Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today we’re announcing the availability of the first version of the Connect America Cost Model.  At the end of our public process, it will become the cost model the Bureau relies on to decide how to distribute up to $9 billion in Connect America funding in price cap areas to support the
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