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FCC and GSA Team Up to Help Schools and Libraries Save Money on Wi-Fi

June 26, 2014 - 01:21 PM 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 - 01:41 PM 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 - 02:36 PM 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 - 12:53 PM 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 - 01:22 PM 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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Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband

June 10, 2014 - 03:17 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga’s proximity to the Tennessee River – a natural network – fueled its initial growth. When the railroad network arrived in the mid-19th century,
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With an Eye Towards WRC 2015

June 9, 2014 - 12:33 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
It is never too early to engage in preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference, or “WRC,” a meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every three to four years.  This conference facilitates the international coordination of spectrum usage
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Opportunity Abounding in STEM

May 30, 2014 - 01:46 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
You would have been both amazed and encouraged if you had accompanied me across the Potomac River to northern Virginia recently. I had the pleasure of spending a stimulating afternoon at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, the real-life high school made famous by the inspirational hit
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Hurricane Season’s Coming: 11 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes

May 27, 2014 - 10:08 AM by Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
When an emergency occurs, most of us reach for the phone to check on loved ones and, if needed, call for help. Yet in past disasters, some forms of communications – and the electricity that powers them – have been disrupted for days or even weeks. The FCC is working with providers
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 23, 2014 - 10:23 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer and, more important, a time to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces. I certainly join my fellow Americans in paying tribute to our fallen heroes and remembering our veterans and today’s
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