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Setting the Right Incentives for Investment in Rural Broadband

May 16, 2013 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, the Wireline Bureau is seeking comment on a number of issues relating to broadband funding for smaller rural carriers, known as rate-of-return carriers.One of the problematic results of the Commission’s old Universal Service System was what we called the rural-rural divide: because the
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Moving Forward with Technology Transitions Trials

May 10, 2013 by Sean Lev, General Counsel and Interim Director, Technology Transitions Task Force
Today, the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force issued a Public Notice proposing to conduct real-world trials and seeking input on specific potential trials.  The goal of any trials will be to assist the Commission in ensuring that its policy decisions relating to ongoing
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The Network Technology Transitions: Enormous Opportunities, Some Key Challenges

April 24, 2013 by Sean Lev, General Counsel and Interim Director, Technology Transitions Policy Task Force
The Technology Transitions Policy Task Force held its first workshop on March 18th.  We had many distinguished panelists—many of whom came from far outside the Beltway—and we are very grateful for their time and efforts.As we had hoped, we learned many significant things from the
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An Update: Driving Innovation and Reforms from the International Bureau

April 23, 2013 by Mindel De La Torre , International Bureau Chief
The Commission recently adopted the Second Report and Order on Foreign Ownership (“Order”) to overhaul and streamline the way it reviews foreign ownership of U.S. wireless companies under sections 310(b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Communications Act.  These reforms will dramatically
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Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband How the U.S. Stacks Up and Challenges Ahead

February 26, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, WTB and Julius Knapp, Chief, OET
Today the United States is recognized as a leader in mobile technology, including commercial deployments of LTE and development of mobile operating systems.  This leadership depends on our continuing to make additional spectrum available for licensed mobile broadband and unlicensed uses,
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Policymaking in a Time of Technology Transitions

February 22, 2013 by Zachary Katz, Chief of Staff
As of last summer, more than 55% of U.S. wireless consumers had smartphones, up from 16% in 2009. The iPad launched less than three years ago; today, more than one third of consumers have a tablet or e-reader. And half of all adults under 35 now live in households without wireline phone
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Media Ownership: Going the Extra Mile for Transparency

December 3, 2012 by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
For over two years, the Commission has welcomed public input in our pending Quadrennial Review of our broadcast ownership rules.  We began with the first of six public workshops on November 2, 2009 and continued by inviting two rounds of comments on a Notice of Inquiry released on May 25, 2010
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FCC Releases Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 to Empower Small Businesses with Customizable Cybersecurity Plans

October 17, 2012 by Jordan Usdan, Kevin Almasy, and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
Small businesses are more dependent on the Internet than ever before, but 83 percent don’t have a formal cybersecurity plan to protect against cyber threats [1]  As larger companies improve cyber defenses, American small businesses are becoming more vulnerable targets.  According to
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National PC Donation and Recycling Drive to Address the Digital Divide

August 21, 2012 by Jordan Usdan and Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Owning a computer and gaining access to the Internet is not a luxury, but a necessity in today's world. The digital divide is growing as Americans who are "offline" cannot fully participate in the digital economy and are left behind in important areas such as education and health care. Yet,
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Final Plan for Retrospective Review of Regulations at the FCC

May 18, 2012 by Jennifer Tatel, Associate General Counsel
The FCC continues to make agency reform a top priority. A key focus of this reform has been carrying out our statutory mission in a way that recognizes changes in technology and the marketplace and reduces burdens on business and industry while promoting incentives for investment and promoting
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