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Updating Old Policies; Pioneering New Ones

September 9, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Since becoming Chairman, I’ve spoken often about the importance of reviewing the FCC’s rules and processes, and eliminating or modernizing outdated practices that no longer make sense. There is no better example of an FCC rule that has outlived its usefulness and deserves to be
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The Future of FCC.GOV

September 5, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
In August the FCC launched a project to improve fcc.gov and unify all of our related subdomains. The project is focused on enhancing our website to allow the FCC to more effectively meet the needs of our site’s internal and external stakeholders. To ensure optimal usability for fcc.gov
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A Brief History of Competition Policies and Networks

September 5, 2014 by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
Yesterday, Chairman Wheeler gave an important speech on the status and the future of broadband competition, emphasizing the increasingly limited choices emerging for American consumers for wired broadband connections at the higher speeds that consumers increasingly demand. He looked at the
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Alaska: Lessons Learned

September 5, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Fulfilling a commitment I made last year to its congressional delegation, I spent a portion of August traveling throughout Alaska.  I wish to sincerely thank Congressman Young and Senators Murkowski and Begich and their respective staffs for sharing their state with my staff and me. 
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Post Text of Meeting Items in Advance

August 7, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Early in his tenure, Chairman Wheeler launched a laudable effort to reform a number of Commission procedures.  Because I was new to the Commission when ideas were solicited, I generally deferred to agency veterans on the proposals that were put forward.  But now that I am nine months
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FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

August 5, 2014 by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email
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Empowering Small Businesses

August 1, 2014 by Roger C. Sherman, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief
Today, Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to open new opportunities for small and growing businesses in the mobile marketplace. Although the proposal may sound technical – updating the Commission’s approach to small business participation in wireless auctions— the purpose
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Updating FCC Policies and Processes

July 18, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The American economy is dynamic and innovative, which is critical for sustained economic growth. The FCC is tasked with overseeing broadband and other communications networks. We must be as agile as the communications sector, as well as protect consumers. Both goals will be served in the items
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Keeping Track of the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

July 14, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
*Update: The blog post below has been revised to reflect  the extension of the initial Net Neutrality comment period to 7/18. This week marks the end of the first round of comments in the Commission’s Open Internet Proceeding.  During the past 60 days, the Commission has
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Most Definitely: Terminate Dormant Proceedings

July 8, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Last week, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice seeking comment on whether to terminate almost 650 dormant proceedings (i.e., dockets that have no planned action and no further comments expected).  I applaud Chairman Wheeler for initiating this item
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