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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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Chairman Genachowski Visits Consumers Union’s Testing Lab, Discusses FCC Consumer Empowerment Agenda

May 11, 2012 by William D. Freedman, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
  Chairman Genachowski at Consumers Union national headquarters in Yonkers, New York.   Last week, Chairman Julius Genachowski visited the Consumers Union (CU) national headquarters in Yonkers, New York. The headquarters is home to CU’s National Testing and Research
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New FCC Website to Help Consumers Beat ‘Bill Shock’

April 19, 2012 by William D. Freedman, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
The arrival of spring brings with it good news for consumers suffering from that malady known as bill shock: the appearance, like April dandelions, of sudden and unexpected overage charges on their wireless bills.  Bill shock can happen when a subscriber is charged for unknowingly
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Marking Consumer Protection Week at the FCC

March 5, 2012 by Howard Parnell , Chief, Web and Print Publishing Division, Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Looking out for consumers is a year-round job at the FCC, and Consumer Protection Week is an opportunity to take stock in our work, renew our commitments and note the achievements of our colleagues in other agencies.The 21st Annual National Consumer Protection Week runs through March 10, with a
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Expanding Broadband and Protecting Voice Service in Rural America

February 8, 2012 by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau and Rick Kaplan, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Improving communications in rural America has always been a focus for the FCC, and the primary vehicle to achieve that goal has been the Universal Service Fund.  Despite great strides in this arena, one area where rural America still lagged the rest of the country was access to
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