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FCC Holds 2-Day Workshop to Advance Accessible Technology Development

August 30, 2012 by Jamal Mazrui , Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
To address the challenge of providing accessible solutions that often lag behind rapid technology advances, the FCC is hosting a free workshop for developers Sept. 6-7 at its headquarters in Washington. The two-day event – “Developing with Accessibility” (DevAcc) – is designed to spur
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Broadband Progress Report Map – Another Digital First

August 22, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
In another digital first for the FCC, we just released an interactive, web-based map that illustrates our Broadband Progress Report.  This congressionally mandated report assesses how well broadband deployment and adoption is progressing in the nation. With this new map, our report is more
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National PC Donation and Recycling Drive to Address the Digital Divide

August 21, 2012 by Jordan Usdan and Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Owning a computer and gaining access to the Internet is not a luxury, but a necessity in today's world. The digital divide is growing as Americans who are "offline" cannot fully participate in the digital economy and are left behind in important areas such as education and health care. Yet,
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Saving $1 million in 1 month … and $1.5 billion a year

August 14, 2012 by Pam Arluk, Assistant Chief, Pricing Policy Division
Saving consumers $1 million in one month is a pretty good accomplishment.  That’s exactly what a small team of analysts at the FCC did this month as they pored over the detailed price lists – called tariffs – that flood into the FCC once annually.These tariffs cover the regulated
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2012 OCBO Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop

August 6, 2012 by Calvin Osborne, Attorney Advisor
On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (“OCBO”) hosted its inaugural Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop. The conference provided small, minority, and women-owned businesses access to information about the business opportunities
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White House Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

August 2, 2012 by Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Last week, I was honored to represent the Federal Communications Commission at the White House’s observation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 22nd anniversary.  Kareem Dale, the Special Advisor to the President on Disabilities Issues, opened the event, and Valerie
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Review of the Literature Regarding Critical Information Needs of the American Public.

July 25, 2012 by Daniel Margolis, Attorney Advisor
A team of researchers led by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications prepared for the FCC a review of the literature regarding the critical information needs of the American Public.  The report concluded that: (1) There is an identifiable set of basic
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FCC Chairman Announces Jobs-Focused Digital Literacy Partnership Between Connect2Compete and the 2,800 American Job Centers

July 23, 2012 by Jordan Usdan and Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
We know today’s job market is more competitive than ever, but trying to find a job without knowing how to use the Internet is becoming nearly impossible.  Over 80% of Fortune 500 companies, from Target to Wal-Mart, require online job applications.  In the next decade, it is
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The Gender Gap in Mobile and Internet Access in the Developing World

July 23, 2012 by Ann Mei Chang, Department of State Senior Advisor for Women and Technology
We have seen evidence over and over again that investing in women and girls is one of the most direct and effective ways to produce economic and social progress.  We have also seen how information and communication technologies (or ICT) have accelerated the pace of change by introducing
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Hosting a New Generation of Leaders at the FCC

July 18, 2012 by Mindel DeLaTorre, Chief, International Bureau
On July 12, 2012, the FCC hosted a program for TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative sponsoring an international exchange program designed to empower young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors. The FCC hosted an impressive group of 25 young women between
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