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Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – Honoring our Partners and Building New Bridges For Collaboration and Outreach

May 20, 2013 by Diana Coho, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau
In June 1977, a House resolution called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of
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Setting the Right Incentives for Investment in Rural Broadband

May 16, 2013 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, the Wireline Bureau is seeking comment on a number of issues relating to broadband funding for smaller rural carriers, known as rate-of-return carriers.One of the problematic results of the Commission’s old Universal Service System was what we called the rural-rural divide: because the
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How We’re Investing Smart To Expand Rural Broadband

May 16, 2013 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
The Connect America Fund is the FCC’s 21st Century solution to expanding broadband to unserved areas of rural America.  One reason why the Connect America Fund can stay within a budget as it accomplishes this task – while continuing to support traditional voice service as its 20th
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 9, 2013 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is pleased to commemorate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) today.  Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort dedicated to raising the profile and heightening awareness of digital accessibility to the
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4/25 #GIRLSTECHDAY Twitter Chat Recap

April 29, 2013 by Brittany L. Stevenson , New Media Associate
On April 25, the FCC was proud to celebrate International Girls’ in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day with a Twitter chat focusing on how ICT has helped improve the lives of women and girls in their careers, education, and health. The purpose of
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The Network Technology Transitions: Enormous Opportunities, Some Key Challenges

April 24, 2013 by Sean Lev, General Counsel and Interim Director, Technology Transitions Policy Task Force
The Technology Transitions Policy Task Force held its first workshop on March 18th.  We had many distinguished panelists—many of whom came from far outside the Beltway—and we are very grateful for their time and efforts.As we had hoped, we learned many significant things from the
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A Model for Connecting Rural America to Broadband

April 22, 2013 by By Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
The FCC reached another milestone today in its implementation of Universal Service reforms to ensure rural Americans have access to voice and robust broadband services – including extending broadband to the millions of Americans that are unserved today. Our primary tool to achieve this
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How the Internet Can Benefit Older Americans

April 10, 2013 by Susan Fisenne, Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist, CGB
Each May we celebrate Older Americans Month and honor our nation’s Seniors by recognizing their many contributions to their communities and to our country.  This year’s theme is Unleash the Power of Age, and the FCC’s Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division is excited to join the
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Women in Information, Communications, and Technology Twitter Chat

April 2, 2013 by Brittany L. Stevenson and Deanna N. K. Stephens, FCC New Media
On March 28, in celebration of Women’s History month, the FCC hosted a twitter chat focusing on Women in Information Communications and Technology (ICT).  The four panelists come from various sections of ICT: Ann Gallagher, Electronics; Engineer at the FCC; Rachel
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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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