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FCC Speed Test App: Our First Results

November 21, 2013 - 01:47 PM by Mike Byrne and Eric Spry, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Last week, the FCC released the first public version of the FCC Speed Test app for Android phones.  The app, available for free in the Google Play store, provides precise and nuanced data about the performance of mobile broadband networks used by consumers in the U.S.  The launch was
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The IP Transition: Starting Now

November 19, 2013 - 01:05 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Our communications networks are changing – and fast. What some call the “IP transition” is really a series of transitions; a multi-faceted revolution that advances as the packets of Internet Protocol (IP)-based communication replace the digital stream of bits and analog frequency waves.
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A Visit with the Fantastic Folks at FCC-Gettysburg

November 18, 2013 - 05:15 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
I recently was fortunate enough to visit the FCC's Gettysburg facility and meet several dedicated, hard-working, creative, and caring folks committed to serving the public. The visit began with a tour of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau's Consumer Center and a demo of a tool they
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A Call for Input: Improving Government Efficiency at the FCC

November 18, 2013 - 03:38 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
***Please Note: original blog text was revised 11/19/2013 to notify the public that any feedback received will be made publicAs Chairman Wheeler announced in his initial blog post upon joining the FCC, improving agency processes and procedures to more efficiently and effectively serve the
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New FCC Speed Test App: How does your mobile broadband network measure up?

November 14, 2013 - 12:57 PM by James Miller and Walter Johnson, Office of Engineering & Technology
Today we’re publicly releasing the first version of the new FCC Speed Test App for Android smartphones, as part of our Measuring Broadband America Program to cellular and Wi-Fi mobile broadband. The app is a first step towards accurately evaluating mobile broadband network performance, and is
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Mobile Accessibility and Employment of People with Disabilities

October 31, 2013 - 02:35 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is pleased to commemorate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recent years and on a global scale, the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has been dramatic.  A driving force behind this
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On Cyber Trick-or-T(h)reats

October 30, 2013 - 06:27 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Last week, I started a public conversation on the importance of communication.  This week I want to discuss another side of digital communication:  the spread of viruses, malware, and advanced persistent threats on the internet. The timing of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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On the Importance of Communication

October 21, 2013 - 05:26 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Our modern world teems with communication. Most of us have cell phones or smart phones that allow us to be reached 24/7 by almost anyone as we move about the planet. We can access the Internet and catch-up on global and local news, share our thoughts via blogs, wikis, instant messages, or
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Updated: The Low Power FM Application Window Is Fast Approaching

October 21, 2013 - 03:13 PM by Bill Lake, Media Bureau Chief
Reposted from the September 19, 2013 post "The Low Power FM Application Window is Fast Approaching" with Updated InformationIn August we had our first of two webinars on how communities and non-profit organizations can apply for new low-power FM radio station licenses during the next window,
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Providing Relief for the Families of Inmates From the High Cost of Staying in Touch

September 26, 2013 - 05:00 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, the Commission released an Order that will provide meaningful relief to millions of Americans who have borne the financial burden of unjust and unreasonable interstate inmate calling service (ICS) rates.  These reforms are the right thing to do.  Our actions will increase
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