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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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Setting the Record Straight on the FCC’s Open Internet Rules

April 24, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
There has been a great deal of misinformation that has recently surfaced regarding the draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that we will today circulate to the Commission. The Notice proposes the reinstatement of the Open Internet concepts adopted by the Commission in 2010 and
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Modernizing E-Rate for Indian Country

April 10, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, I was honored to meet with Tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual conference to discuss the FCC’s commitment to a reinvigorated Tribal consultation process focused on improving access to modern communications in Indian Country. Acting on this
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Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Facilitate Advanced Health Care Solutions- An occasional series from CONNECT2HEALTHFCC

April 10, 2014 by Michele Ellison, Chair, CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force and FCC Deputy General Counsel Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Health Care Initiatives
Recently, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the formation of a new task force – CONNECT2HEALTHFCC – that will focus on the critical intersection of broadband, advanced technology, and health with the singular goal of ensuring that advanced health care solutions are readily
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TCPA: It is Time to Provide Clarity

March 25, 2014 by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
For those that might not be familiar, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (47 U.S.C. § 227) was enacted in 1991 to address the issue of unwanted telephone marketing calls and faxes.  It restricts making telemarketing calls, using automatic telephone dialing systems and
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Moving Forward On the E-rate Modernization Path

March 6, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Delivering on the announcement made by Chairman Wheeler in his Digital Learning Day remarks, the Wireline Competition Bureau released today a Public Notice seeking more focused comment on a set of key issues initially raised in the E-Rate Modernization NPRM.  Chairman Wheeler has laid out
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Protecting Television Consumers By Protecting Competition

March 6, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Every four years, the FCC is required by law to assess its media ownership rules and determine if they need to be modified to serve the public interest. In fact, it’s been six years since the Commission last completed a quadrennial review, so it goes without saying that the video marketplace
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How The Sidecar Business Model Works

March 6, 2014 by Phil Verveer, Senior Counselor to Chairman Wheeler
The sidecar business model involves a dominant and weaker (or, to put it another way, an independent and a dependent) broadcaster in the same market.  The broker exercises operational and financial influence over the brokered station and performs the basic functions of station
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