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The FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative: Background and Recent Work

February 25, 2013 - 01:57 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Chairman Genachowski launched the Accessibility and Innovation (A&I) Initiative in July 2010, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Risks of Emerging TechnologyAs we all know, technology is evolving at an amazing pace, changing what we do, and how
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Broadband Breakfast Club: FCC’s Mobile Broadband Agenda

February 22, 2013 - 03:40 PM 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 - 10:40 AM 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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FCC Reaches Out to Local Seniors Committed to Lifelong Learning

February 21, 2013 - 08:33 AM by Diana Coho, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Specialist
The Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau serves as the FCC’s face with the American public.  One of my recent outreach assignments was to deliver a presentation to the monthly forum of the Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) of Northern
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Connect2Compete and HUD Team Up to Expand Digital Literacy Across the US

February 19, 2013 - 03:32 PM 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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FCC and Public-Private Partners Launch Smartphone Security Checker to Help Consumers Protect Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

December 17, 2012 - 03:33 PM 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 Begins Search for Health Care Director and Launches New Health Website

December 13, 2012 - 11:16 AM by Jordan Usdan and Maya Uppaluru, Public-Private Initiatives
Today, the FCC posted the official vacancy announcement for a Director of Health Care Initiatives. In September, Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC would soon undertake a search for a new position to coordinate the agency’s numerous health care technology related initiatives, in
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FCC Chairman Hosts Second Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

December 12, 2012 - 01:06 PM by Rebecca Lockhart, Outreach Specialist, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Technology continues to advance rapidly in today's fast paced world.  Smart phones and tablets are being sold in numbers that increase exponentially each year, and innovation is thriving at the same speed.  What is particularly exciting is the advancement of communications
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Protecting Your Cellphone and Smart Devices

November 28, 2012 - 04:37 PM 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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FCC Releases Machine Readable Data on E-rate Program

October 19, 2012 - 01:52 PM by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer and Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
We at the FCC know the importance of open data to policy making and government transparency. The FCC continues to modernize and streamline how it collects, uses, and disseminates data as smart policies depend on quality data, which should be accessible to the public in meaningful ways using
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