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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
On Friday the FCC unanimously voted to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band. This action will create a 150-megahertz band suitable for wireless broadband, including 100 megahertz previously unavailable for commercial use because it was earmarked for military radars.
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Modernizing the FCC.gov Website

April 20, 2015 - 01:14 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
In August, the FCC team began a six-month research and design project to dramatically improve the usability and functionality of FCC.gov and its subdomains. The outcome of these collaborative efforts resulted in an interactive prototype of what the improved FCC.gov will look like, as well as an
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Direct Video Communication: Access for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Disabled in an IP World

April 14, 2015 - 02:27 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
A few months ago, I received a note from a woman in New Mexico, recounting her recent experience in making a 911 call. She had fallen in her home, alone, badly hurt and bleeding.  She dialed 911, reached an emergency center, an ambulance was dispatched and she was taken to a medical
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Let’s Move on Updating the AM Radio Rules

April 13, 2015 - 11:04 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
During her impressive tenure as Acting Chairwoman, Commissioner Clyburn kicked off an important proceeding asking what the Commission should do to keep AM radio thriving.   The so-called AM Radio Revitalization NPRM started an important dialogue on the future of the AM band.  I
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Guest Speakers & Questions at FCC Open Meetings

April 10, 2015 - 01:26 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Over the years, Open Meetings at the FCC have taken a variety of formats.  At one time, Open Meetings were working sessions where issues were debated live and staff were questioned about different policy choices.  More recently, they have been summaries of decisions already made that
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Preventing Smart Phone Theft & Protecting Your Personal Information

April 8, 2015 - 01:41 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Combatting smart phone theft is a multi-faceted challenge that requires the efforts of and coordination among industry, consumers, law enforcement and others.  Part of the equation is enforcing the rules the FCC has in place today to protect private customer information.  Second, we
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Consider a New Way to Combat Pirate Radio Stations

April 8, 2015 - 10:43 AM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Everyone should agree that pirate radio stations – by any definition – are completely illegal.  Given other responsibilities and obligations, however, the Commission’s resources are stretched, and it seems that stopping pirate radio is not at the top of the priority
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FCC’s Pre-Adoption Process Also Needs Work

April 1, 2015 - 12:55 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
I am pleased that the Chairman has now initiated a new Process Review Task Force, and there is much to do.  Working with my colleagues and staff, we need to undertake a holistic review and make necessary and meaningful changes to promote fair, open, and efficient procedures that complement
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Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band: Creating a New Citizens Broadband Radio Service

March 27, 2015 - 03:51 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Five years ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a report identifying possible spectrum bands for reallocation for commercial uses. In the report, it identified the 3550-3650 MHz band as a potential opportunity for future commercial use. At the time, there
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USF High-Cost Program: Best and Realistic Timelines

March 24, 2015 - 01:27 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
According to the FCC's most recent report, nearly 14 million Americans lack any access to fixed broadband. In an effort to remedy this, in 2011, the Commission established the Connect America Fund (CAF) within the USF high-cost program to provide federal universal service support to private
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