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Preserving An Ever-Free and Open Internet

May 7, 2014 - 03:51 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Over 100,000 Americans have spoken. And during the past few weeks, tens of thousands of consumers, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, schools, educators, healthcare providers and others have reached out to ask me to keep the Internet free and open.  While the calls, emails and letters
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Protecting Consumers in the Transition from Copper Networks

May 7, 2014 - 03:17 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
A unanimous Commission held in January that the technology transitions currently underway are a positive development for American consumers—holding promise for innovative new services and unleashing innovation and opportunity.  The Commission also agreed that its role is to ensure
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Modernizing the FCC Enterprise

April 28, 2014 - 01:28 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
According to the Government Accountability Office, Federal agencies are currently spending over 70% of their Information Technology budgets on maintaining legacy systems. Government-wide, these maintenance costs amount to over $54 billion a year spent on existing legacy systems, and delays
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Ensuring A Fair And Competitive Incentive Auction

April 25, 2014 - 11:32 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Next year the FCC will conduct the first-ever “Incentive Auction,” which will harness market forces to reallocate valuable low-band (below 1 GHz) spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily choose to relinquish their channels in exchange for incentive payments, to wireless
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Modernizing E-Rate for Indian Country

April 10, 2014 - 11:35 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, I was honored to meet with Tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual conference to discuss the FCC’s commitment to a reinvigorated Tribal consultation process focused on improving access to modern communications in Indian Country. Acting on this
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On the Rise: Regulating Through Pilot Programs

April 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
From the good work of my staff, take a look below at the recent trend to fund pilot projects at the Commission.  This upsurge makes it essential that any pilot project have an established and confirmed end date.  I don’t doubt that an occasional pilot project may be of
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Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Facilitate Advanced Health Care Solutions- An occasional series from CONNECT2HEALTHFCC

April 10, 2014 - 10:32 AM 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 - 07:18 PM 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 - 01:10 PM 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 - 02:11 PM 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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