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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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FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911

March 7, 2014 - 10:34 AM 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 - 09:14 AM 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 - 02:25 PM 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 - 03:28 PM 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 - 11:47 AM 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 - 04:34 PM 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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Commissioner O'Rielly’s Blog Introduction and Views on E-Rate Reform

February 12, 2014 - 02:14 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
As the newest Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, it seems only appropriate that I take advantage of all modern communications tools, including the blogosphere.  For my inaugural FCC blog post, I wanted to share my thoughts on the timely and important issue of E-Rate
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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 - 06:12 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. As Chairman of the FCC, visiting a television station isn’t necessarily that noteworthy. But
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Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public Interest.

January 30, 2014 - 05:36 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
Technology and networks are rapidly changing. We support technological innovation, but our challenge is preserving the values that consumers and businesses have come to expect from their networks – universal access, public safety, competition, and consumer protection. That’s why earlier
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