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Providing Relief for the Families of Inmates From the High Cost of Staying in Touch

September 26, 2013 - 04:00 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today, the Commission released an Order that will provide meaningful relief to millions of Americans who have borne the financial burden of unjust and unreasonable interstate inmate calling service (ICS) rates.  These reforms are the right thing to do.  Our actions will increase
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Demonstration of Innovative Accessibility Technology at FCC on Sept. 12

September 9, 2013 - 12:12 PM by Kelly Jones, Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Would you like to see live demonstrations about new and exciting technologies designed to enhance accessibility?  The FCC will be hosting several such demonstrations in conjunction with its Accessibility and Innovation Initiative speaker series.  Some of these demos will show how a
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Accessibility and Innovation Initiative Speaker Series

August 26, 2013 - 02:39 PM by Susan Fisenne, Outreach Specialist, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division
Those of us working at the FCC strongly believe that the power of technology should benefit and be available to all Americans, including those with disabilities.  Communications technology is empowering to all, but for people with disabilities, it is especially promising.  It can
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FCC Releases New Incentive Auction Repacking Information

July 22, 2013 - 04:23 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 - 02:49 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 - 02:41 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 - 11:59 AM 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 - 12:00 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 - 11:28 AM 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 - 05:32 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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