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Disturbing Trend in USF Spending

July 7, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Chart 1 shows the FCC’s actual outlays for the Universal Service Fund (USF) and Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services Fund (TRS) to date and the future spending projections through the year 2024 as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), our nation’s official
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Answers to Common Questions about the E-Rate Modernization Proposal to Get Wi-Fi in ALL Schools and Libraries

June 30, 2014 by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman and Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
We have spent the past few days – at the American Library Association annual conference in Las Vegas and in Atlanta at the International Society for Technology in Education 2014 conference and the State Educational Technology Directors Association Emerging Technologies Forum –
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The Incentive Auction: Helping Broadcasters Make Informed Decisions

June 25, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, the FCC made history by adopting rules for the first-ever Incentive Auction. We moved an innovative approach –marrying the economics of wireless providers’ demand for spectrum with the economics of television broadcasters, the current holders of spectrum—one huge
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Internet Traffic Exchange: Time to Look under the Hood

June 18, 2014 by Julie Knapp and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering & Technology
No one company defines your personal Internet experience. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that sell you Internet access are only one part of a complex ecosystem that also includes backbone providers, content delivery networks, and other Internet traffic actors. The connection points
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Managing E-Rate to Maximize Benefits for Schools & Libraries

June 17, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director
What does good management have to do with quality education?  When it comes to the E-rate program, quite a bit.  In recent months, we have been improving management of E-rate to speed approval of broadband expansion projects sought by schools and libraries across the country. And
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With an Eye Towards WRC 2015

June 9, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
It is never too early to engage in preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference, or “WRC,” a meeting hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every three to four years.  This conference facilitates the international coordination of spectrum usage
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

May 23, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer and, more important, a time to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces. I certainly join my fellow Americans in paying tribute to our fallen heroes and remembering our veterans and today’s
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Protecting Consumers in the Transition from Copper Networks

May 7, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
A unanimous Commission held in January that the technology transitions currently underway are a positive development for American consumers—holding promise for innovative new services and unleashing innovation and opportunity.  The Commission also agreed that its role is to ensure
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Finding the Best Path Forward to Protect the Open Internet

April 29, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
I am a strong believer in the importance of an Open Internet. As President Obama has explained, “Preserving an Open Internet is vital not just to the free flow of information, but also to promoting innovation and economic productivity.” That is why I have made preservation of the
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Ensuring A Fair And Competitive Incentive Auction

April 25, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Next year the FCC will conduct the first-ever “Incentive Auction,” which will harness market forces to reallocate valuable low-band (below 1 GHz) spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily choose to relinquish their channels in exchange for incentive payments, to wireless
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