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Leveraging the Power of Broadband to Facilitate Advanced Health Care Solutions- An occasional series from CONNECT2HEALTHFCC

April 10, 2014 - 10:32 AM 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 - 01:10 PM 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 - 02:49 PM 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 - 02:25 PM 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 - 02:25 PM 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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Duplication Alert: Broadband Pilot Projects

March 6, 2014 - 01:44 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
January’s IP Trials Order contained a provision to use USF dollars to fund rural broadband “experiments” designed to deliver robust, high-speed, scalable broadband service.  The language put out for comment on this new program potentially gives the FCC latitude to do any number of
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Early Progress in Efforts to Learn About the Impact of Technology Transitions

March 3, 2014 - 10:14 AM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
In January, the Commission’s unanimously adopted Technology Transitions Order kick-started the process for a diverse set of experiments and data collection initiatives focused on how consumers are affected by the historic technology transitions that are transforming our nation’s
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From the Wall to the Desk: Facilitating 21st Century Digital Learning

February 20, 2014 - 04:34 PM by Trent Harkrader, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
In his recent Digital Learning Day speech, Chairman Wheeler emphasized the tremendous potential of digital learning for America’s students and teachers.  Among the reasons for the revolution going on in teaching and learning, the Chairman highlighted two transformative technological
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Commissioner O'Rielly’s Blog Introduction and Views on E-Rate Reform

February 12, 2014 - 02:14 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
As the newest Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, it seems only appropriate that I take advantage of all modern communications tools, including the blogosphere.  For my inaugural FCC blog post, I wanted to share my thoughts on the timely and important issue of E-Rate
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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 - 06:12 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. As Chairman of the FCC, visiting a television station isn’t necessarily that noteworthy. But
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