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FCC Releases New Incentive Auction Repacking Information

July 22, 2013 - 05:23 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology
Today, the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice that seeks input on certain data and updated computer software relevant to the repacking component of the upcoming incentive auction. Repacking is one of three major components of the FCC’s incentive auction, along
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Preparing for Text-to-911

July 1, 2013 - 03:49 PM by David Turetsky, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
For the millions of Americans who use text messaging on their wireless phones, it may come as a surprise that you typically can’t reach 911 by text message. That is beginning to change, however.Text-to-911 service is currently available on a limited basis in a few locations across the
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Setting the Right Incentives for Investment in Rural Broadband

May 16, 2013 - 03:41 PM 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 - 12:59 PM 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 - 01:00 PM 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 - 12:28 PM 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 - 06:32 PM 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 - 11:40 AM 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 - 07:02 PM 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 - 04:54 PM 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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