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Empowering Small Businesses

August 1, 2014 by Roger C. Sherman, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief
Today, Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to open new opportunities for small and growing businesses in the mobile marketplace. Although the proposal may sound technical – updating the Commission’s approach to small business participation in wireless auctions— the purpose
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Commission Continues Important Work of Providing Relief from the High Cost of Inmate Calling

July 18, 2014 by Kalpak Gude, Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau
On July 9, 2014 the FCC held a workshop to analyze the impact of, and discuss issues relating to, ongoing reforms of Inmate Calling Services (ICS).  Last fall, the Commission – in response to a petition that had languished for almost a decade – reformed what it concluded was
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Keeping Track of the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

July 14, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
*Update: The blog post below has been revised to reflect  the extension of the initial Net Neutrality comment period to 7/18. This week marks the end of the first round of comments in the Commission’s Open Internet Proceeding.  During the past 60 days, the Commission has
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Answers to Common Questions about the E-Rate Modernization Proposal to Get Wi-Fi in ALL Schools and Libraries

June 30, 2014 by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman and Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
We have spent the past few days – at the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas and in Atlanta at the International Society for Technology in Education 2014 conference and the State Educational Technology Directors Association Emerging Technologies Forum –
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New Opportunities in New Mexico’s Indian Country

June 30, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pueblo of Acoma in central New Mexico along with Senator Tom Udall, my second visit to Indian Country in 2014.  I saw buildings carved out of the earth by hand in the 17th Century, and also met with community leaders focused on unlocking
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FCC and GSA Team Up to Help Schools and Libraries Save Money on Wi-Fi

June 26, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director
Correcting the lack of robust Wi-Fi in schools and libraries is a major focus of our E-rate modernization efforts. Nearly 60 percent of schools in America lack sufficient Wi-Fi to provide their students and teachers with modern educational tools, and far too many schools simply have no
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The Incentive Auction: Helping Broadcasters Make Informed Decisions

June 25, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, the FCC made history by adopting rules for the first-ever Incentive Auction. We moved an innovative approach –marrying the economics of wireless providers’ demand for spectrum with the economics of television broadcasters, the current holders of spectrum—one huge
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Internet Traffic Exchange: Time to Look under the Hood

June 18, 2014 by Julie Knapp and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering & Technology
No one company defines your personal Internet experience. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that sell you Internet access are only one part of a complex ecosystem that also includes backbone providers, content delivery networks, and other Internet traffic actors. The connection points
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Managing E-Rate to Maximize Benefits for Schools & Libraries

June 17, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director
What does good management have to do with quality education?  When it comes to the E-rate program, quite a bit.  In recent months, we have been improving management of E-rate to speed approval of broadband expansion projects sought by schools and libraries across the country. And
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FCC Launches Direct Video Communication Access to Help Consumers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

June 11, 2014 by Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office
The FCC has unveiled a new type of support service specifically designed for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their primary language, American Sign Language (ASL).   The “ASL Consumer Support Line,” announced by Chairman Tom Wheeler at the
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