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Smart Government Fixes for Lifeline

February 7, 2012 by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
These past few months have been especially proud ones for me at the Federal Communications Commission for one very simple reason: I have had the privilege of being part of a team that put the principles of smart government to work.  Yesterday, the Commission released a bipartisan Order
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Introducing MyFCC Beta

December 20, 2011 by David Robbins, Managing Director
Building a website that serves many audiences is a complex challenge. And it is a challenge best met in partnership with the site’s frequent users.That’s why today we are excited to announce the public Beta launch of MyFCC, and to solicit and encourage your feedback, questions and
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Wireless Backhaul Reform

August 9, 2011 by John Schauble, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Today, the FCC released a wireless backhaul item that implements key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan, by removing outdated regulatory barriers and unleashing additional spectrum for broadband services. The FCC’s actions will stimulate additional opportunities for broadband
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Retrospective Analysis at the FCC

August 9, 2011 by Ruth Milkman, Special Counsel for Innovation in Government, FCC
On July 11, 2011, the President issued an executive order to the heads of all independent agencies, including the FCC. The new executive order builds on the President's January 2011 Executive Order on Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and asks independent agencies to conduct both
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Attorney Honors Program Launches

July 29, 2011 by Julie Veach, Deputy General Counsel
I am delighted to be able to say that the FCC has launched the Attorney Honors Program. Our program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce new and recent law school graduates to the field of communications law and policy. We are accepting applications from law
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Taking a Peek Under the Hood of the New FCC.Gov

July 26, 2011 by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Public dot-gov sites are playing a big role in delivering on the promises of open government. As many people know, government sites -- WhiteHouse.gov for example -- are becoming active participants in this conversation between citizens, developers and dot gov teams. We’re proud that the new
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Exclusive Sneak Peek: FCC Technology Experience Center and #SeeTheSpectrum

July 11, 2011 by Tammy Sun, Director, Office of Media Relations
Broadband is no longer a luxury.  It's an essential platform for new products, economic growth and job-creating opportunities and opening markets that allow businesses to start, grow and hire.Mobile broadband is growing at an exponential rate and as demand increases, the benefits are more
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Contributing Code Back: FCC.gov’s Open-Source Feedback Loop

July 6, 2011 by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Here at the FCC, we're always excited when we can contribute to open source software. Open source software is just like any other software, except the creator publishes the underlying source code that powers the application, allowing others to improve upon or adapt the project to their own
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Pushing Less Paper at the FCC

June 10, 2011 by Pamela Arluk, Assistant Division Chief, Pricing and Policy Division
When I began to oversee our tariff functions several years ago, I was struck by the fact that although incumbent telephone companies filed tariffs over an electronic filing system, the nondominant companies still filed their tariffs by paper and on CD-Rom.  We had boxes and boxes of paper
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Reform of Procedures, Ex Parte Rules

May 27, 2011 by Austin Schlick, General Counsel
A little more than a year ago, I blogged that the FCC had begun two formal proceedings on ways to reform its procedures.  I’m pleased to report now that the reforms are reality.  As a result, starting on Wednesday, June 1, the Commission and the public will benefit from greater
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