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New Features and Enhancements for FCC.gov

February 14, 2012 - 12:37 PM by David Robbins, Managing Director
Just as the Internet is in a state of constant evolution, a good website must be in a constant state of innovation.  Since the launch of the redesigned FCC.gov last spring, we have continued to roll out new site features and enhancements. The daily work is informed by feedback from an
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Expanding Broadband and Protecting Voice Service in Rural America

February 8, 2012 - 03:04 PM by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau and Rick Kaplan, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Improving communications in rural America has always been a focus for the FCC, and the primary vehicle to achieve that goal has been the Universal Service Fund.  Despite great strides in this arena, one area where rural America still lagged the rest of the country was access to
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FCC Chairman: Digital Textbooks to All Students in Five Years

February 3, 2012 - 01:04 PM by Jordan Usdan and Josh Gottheimer
Wednesday, at the first-ever Digital Learning Day Town Hall in Washington, DC, FCC Chairman Genachowski and Secretary of Education Duncan challenged states and the education and technology industries to get digital textbooks into the hands of all students in five years. Barriers to
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Back to the Future – Another Amazing Trip to CES

January 24, 2012 - 05:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
I kicked off another New Year by once again being the envy of my high tech gadget friends back home. For the third time in a row, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 10-12. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which is responsible
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FCC/SBA/SCORE Small Business and Broadband Conference

December 16, 2011 - 06:31 PM by Gilberto de Jesús, Attorney Advisor
On February 15, 2012, OCBO and the E-Business Now Consortium, the Small Business Administration, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will jointly host a series of workshops on broadband tools for small businesses.  E-Business Now was
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Apps for Communities Challenge Winners Announced

December 15, 2011 - 03:52 PM by Brittany L. Stevenson, New Media Associate
Last April, Knight Foundation and the Federal Communications Commission challenged developers and citizens from across the country to develop apps that deliver personalized, actionable information for the Apps for Communities Challenge. As a result, we received almost 70 entries from around the
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Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) Filing Window Opens

December 9, 2011 - 02:17 PM by Jeffrey Steinberg, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
On December 15, 2011, the filing window for service providers to file annual hearing aid compatibility (HAC) reports opens. The reports can be filed between December 15, 2011 and January 17, 2012.  This current filing window is only for service providers. The filing window for device
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Broadband Speed: FCC Data Is Improving the Market

December 5, 2011 - 11:40 AM by Joel Gurin, Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
As part of our Consumer Empowerment Agenda, the FCC has been taking action to ensure that consumers are getting the information they need to make informed decisions.  Our efforts to combat bill shock are one recent example, where we worked out a landmark agreement with the wireless
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Connect America Fund: Putting Consumers on the Map

October 12, 2011 - 11:09 AM by Sharon Gillett and Michael Byrne, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Geographic Information Officer
Last week, Chairman Genachowski unveiled his proposal to accelerate broadband build-out – wired and wireless – to unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions across the country through the Connect America Fund. If adopted, this proposal would connect millions more Americans to
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At the National Council of La Raza Conference

August 23, 2011 - 10:50 AM by Keyla Hernandez-Ulloa, Associate Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Embrace Now, this year’s National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference, kicked off at the end of July. The Commission was well represented as we exhibited at the conference’s National Latino Family Expo. We provided information on a range of topics from the Do Not Call Registry to unwanted
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