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Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Facilitate Advanced Health Care Solutions- An occasional series from CONNECT2HEALTHFCC

April 10, 2014 by Michele Ellison, Chair, CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force and FCC Deputy General Counsel Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Health Care Initiatives
Recently, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the formation of a new task force – CONNECT2HEALTHFCC – that will focus on the critical intersection of broadband, advanced technology, and health with the singular goal of ensuring that advanced health care solutions are readily
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New Approaches to Broadband – Wireline, Licensed, and Unlicensed

April 2, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier this week, the Commission approved two items that use innovative approaches to free up spectrum for broadband. One order utilizes spectrum sharing in the AWS-3 band to make airwaves currently used by government available for flexible, commercial use. Another order is taking 100 MHz of
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TCPA: It is Time to Provide Clarity

March 25, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
For those that might not be familiar, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (47 U.S.C. § 227) was enacted in 1991 to address the issue of unwanted telephone marketing calls and faxes.  It restricts making telemarketing calls, using automatic telephone dialing systems and
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FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline Is April 15

March 21, 2014 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
*The deadline for nominations for Chairman’s AAA has been extended from March 31 to April 15. This blog post has been edited to reflect the deadline change.One of the most cherished missions of the FCC is helping to bridge the accessibility gap in communications technologies. Entrusted by
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FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911

March 7, 2014 by Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Today we launched an interactive webpage with best practices to assist text message providers and 911 call centers with deploying text-to-911.  The webpage contains materials prepared by Vermont, Texas, and other state 911 call centers (known as public safety answering points or PSAPs)
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Innovation in Voting Accessibility

March 7, 2014 by Sherry Dawson, Deputy Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Voting is a right we Americans value, and most of the time it’s fairly easy for most of us to participate in the electoral process. However, have you ever considered the challenges that come with using a voting machine if you have trouble reading, are blind or visually impaired, or if you
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How The Sidecar Business Model Works

March 6, 2014 by Phil Verveer, Senior Counselor to Chairman Wheeler
The sidecar business model involves a dominant and weaker (or, to put it another way, an independent and a dependent) broadcaster in the same market.  The broker exercises operational and financial influence over the brokered station and performs the basic functions of station
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FCC Speed Test App for iPhone Expands Options for Mobile Broadband Performance Information

February 25, 2014 by James Miller and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering and Technology
Late last year, we expanded the Measuring Broadband America program to include mobile broadband measurement, and released our first FCC Speed Test app for Android smartphones. Mobile broadband services are increasingly important to consumers, and this was an exciting first step in our program.
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Adoption of Unlocking Standards Offers Consumers Additional Choices

February 21, 2014 by Roger C. Sherman, Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumers often question why they may not have the choice of using their existing mobile wireless device when they change between compatible wireless service providers.  The answer is usually a practice called cellphone locking and it is about to change.On February 11, 2014, CTIA-The
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From the Wall to the Desk: Facilitating 21st Century Digital Learning

February 20, 2014 by Trent Harkrader, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
In his recent Digital Learning Day speech, Chairman Wheeler emphasized the tremendous potential of digital learning for America’s students and teachers.  Among the reasons for the revolution going on in teaching and learning, the Chairman highlighted two transformative technological
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