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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 02:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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Learning from the Rural Broadband Experiments

October 29, 2014 - 12:39 PM by Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week, the Wireline Competition Bureau opened the application filing window for parties interested in participating in the Commission’s rural broadband experiments.  Already we have seen activity in the online system we are using to accept the applications, with many entities
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Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future

October 28, 2014 - 01:48 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch.  The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs.  Today the FCC takes the first
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Looking for the Best Approach to Preserve the Open Internet

October 27, 2014 - 03:21 PM by Jon Sallet, Roger Sherman, and Julie Veach
Earlier this month, the Commission held the last in its series of six Open Internet Roundtables.  At each one of these roundtables—totaling over 20 hours— panelists with diverse viewpoints dove into many of the thorniest issues in this proceeding, responding to questions from
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FOCUS100’s Push for Greater Diversity in the Tech Industry

October 27, 2014 - 01:58 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Earlier this month, I travelled to New York City to attend digitalundivided’s FOCUS100, which describes itself as “the most diverse tech conference on the planet.”  I was inspired by dozens of women who either have founded technology companies or are having a direct
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Transaction Reviews and the Public Interest

October 7, 2014 - 01:57 PM by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, Jon Sallet, General Counsel & Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, in connection with two significant and simultaneous merger reviews, the Media Bureau issued an Order establishing unique protections for the Merger Applicants’ programming contracts, retransmission agreements, and other related materials. This new procedure balances three
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Evolution in the Cellular Service

October 2, 2014 - 10:40 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
In the 1980s, the FCC launched the 800 MHz Cellular Service, the first “cell phone” spectrum band, sparking a worldwide mobile revolution.  Three decades later, Cellular has been, by any measure, an incredible success.  Using these frequencies, wireless operators have
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Exploring New Ideas for Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

September 22, 2014 - 11:29 AM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week was a big one in the Commission’s quest for the best approach to protect and promote an Open Internet. Our public comment period ended on Monday . . . with more than 3.7 million comments and reply comments submitted by a public that is passionate about this issue. Many of
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Connecting All Schools and Libraries – Learning from State Strategies and Data

September 19, 2014 - 11:55 AM by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Outreach to state and school district staff and library leaders has been a critical element of the E-rate modernization process.  Commission staff has been in frequent contact with staff from school districts, state agencies, libraries, and research and education networks (RENs) from
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An Update on the Volume of Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

September 17, 2014 - 12:02 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
Monday night concluded the second round of comments for the FCC's Open Internet Proceeding. During the last four months, the Commission has received a large number of comments from a wide range of constituents via three methods: (1) the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2) the
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