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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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Fixing Flawed and Non-Existent “Editorial Privileges”

March 9, 2015 - 03:58 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Maybe the only good thing to come from the Commission’s net neutrality proceeding is that it shined a spotlight on a dark corner of FCC process: the flawed procedure for finalizing and releasing Commission documents after they are voted on by the Commission at an Open Meeting.  Those
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The Process of Governance: The FCC & the Open Internet Order

March 2, 2015 - 04:22 PM by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
The Commission’s recent adoption of new Open Internet rules has received unprecedented attention and, along with national debate about the outcomes, has generated significant interest in the process by which the FCC, like other independent regulatory agencies, creates rules. In
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Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 02:44 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
This week, March 1-7, 2015, the FCC is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), joining with a coalition of more than 85 consumer advocacy groups and federal, state and local government agencies in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection. Together
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Good News for Consumers, Innovators and Financial Markets

February 26, 2015 - 01:05 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Thank you to the over four million Americans who participated in the Open Internet proceeding. Thanks to them, this decision on Internet openness was itself the most open proceeding in the history of the FCC. As a result, the FCC today has taken an important step that should reassure
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Driving Wi-Fi Ahead: the Upper 5 GHz Band

February 23, 2015 - 06:02 PM by Michael O’Rielly, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioners
Today’s Wi-Fi spectrum bands are wildly popular.  But with more and more people and devices taking advantage of this technology, these bands are getting congested.  It reminds us of the famous Yogi Berra quote, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too
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Sound Principles for Lifeline Reform

February 13, 2015 - 04:51 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Over the last few years, the Commission has taken action to reform each of its universal service distribution programs to refocus them on broadband. The only program outstanding is the Low-Income or "Lifeline" program. Given recent pronouncements, I expect some changes to Lifeline in the
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The 'Wonders' of Video Description Technology

February 13, 2015 - 02:47 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
A few months ago, Stevie Wonder visited the FCC to talk about how we can harness the power of technology to make performance art more accessible.  At that time, I discovered that Mr. Wonder would be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.  When he urged the FCC to raise
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Wireless Providers Fulfill Commitment to let Consumers Unlock Mobile Phones

February 11, 2015 - 03:40 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
One year ago, the FCC announced a voluntary commitment among a number of mobile wireless service providers to adopt policies that allow their customers to switch networks while keeping their existing devices – a process called cell phone unlocking.  That commitment came with a
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