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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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Connect America Cost Model Platform

December 10, 2012 by Wireline Competition Bureau
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Calculating Average Per-Unit Costs/Take Rate

December 10, 2012 by Wireline Competition Bureau
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Assigning Shared Costs

December 10, 2012 by Wireline Competition Bureau
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Protecting Your Cellphone and Smart Devices

November 28, 2012 by Keyla Hernández-Ulloa, Associate Division Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember to protect our cell phones and smart devices from theft or loss.  Theft of such devices continues to increase and is becoming a serious issue not only in the United States but globally.  Among the Federal
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