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Setting the Record Straight on Open Internet Comments

December 23, 2014 - 11:22 AM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, and Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Over the past week, there have been two reports raising questions about the number of Open Internet comments that were included in a set of XML files the FCC released to the public on October 22.  We made available these XML files so members of the public could analyze the approximately
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An Update on Process Reform Streamlining Initiatives

December 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
In October, I provided an update on the FCC’s efforts to reduce our backlogs.   As 2014 draws to a close, I want to provide an update on another key reform objective:  streamlining the Commission’s processes.  We have had several working groups as well as staff
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Closing the 911 Location Accuracy Gap

December 17, 2014 - 06:01 PM by Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Earlier this year, the Commission proposed rules to help first responders better locate indoor wireless 911 callers. The reason was clear: the vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. This puts American
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On Risks, Breaking Past the Status Quo, and IT Transformation

December 15, 2014 - 04:01 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
As the FCC presses forward with our plans to transform our IT systems, the question of risk is an important one. Doing anything new inherently is risky. All too often it is easier for folks to say the status quo is good enough, the challenges are too high to overcome, or there's no way to
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Making Good on the Promise of Independent Minority Ownership of Television Stations

December 4, 2014 - 01:52 PM by Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Increasing minority ownership of television broadcast stations has been an often-stated, but elusive goal.  While there is widespread agreement on the need for progress, there has been very little by way of new ideas to solve the twin problems of access and opportunity.  For several
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Closing the Digital Divide in Rural America

November 20, 2014 - 03:39 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
High-speed Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, whether we’re on the job, at home, or going to school. Broadband connectivity can overcome geographic isolation and put a world of information and economic opportunity at the fingertips of citizens in even the most remote
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Lessons of the 2014 Plenipot

November 17, 2014 - 02:33 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Last month, I was honored to join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2014 International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (Plenipot) held in Busan, South Korea.  Since the conference recently concluded, it seems the appropriate
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Taking the Next Step in E-rate Modernization

November 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Today, Chairman Wheeler announced that he will be circulating a draft order to his fellow Commissioners for consideration at the December Commission Meeting to take the next step in his comprehensive effort to modernize the E-rate program. If you recall, the Commission adopted an Order in July
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Introducing FCC Distinguished Health IT Scholar, Dr. Chris Gibbons

November 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
The American scientist and inventor Edwin Land once said, “don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.”  (You may recall that Land co-founded the Polaroid Corporation, which revolutionized instant photography.) Connecting everyone,
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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 02:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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