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July 11, 2011 - 09:02 AM by Tammy Sun, Director, Office of Media Relations
Broadband is no longer a luxury.  It's an essential platform for new products, economic growth and job-creating opportunities and opening markets that allow businesses to start, grow and hire.Mobile broadband is growing at an exponential rate and as demand increases, the benefits are more
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Contributing Code Back:’s Open-Source Feedback Loop

July 6, 2011 - 11:59 AM by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Here at the FCC, we're always excited when we can contribute to open source software. Open source software is just like any other software, except the creator publishes the underlying source code that powers the application, allowing others to improve upon or adapt the project to their own
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Pushing Less Paper at the FCC

June 10, 2011 - 11:03 AM by Pamela Arluk, Assistant Division Chief, Pricing and Policy Division
When I began to oversee our tariff functions several years ago, I was struck by the fact that although incumbent telephone companies filed tariffs over an electronic filing system, the nondominant companies still filed their tariffs by paper and on CD-Rom.  We had boxes and boxes of paper
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Reform of Procedures, Ex Parte Rules

May 27, 2011 - 02:50 PM by Austin Schlick, General Counsel
A little more than a year ago, I blogged that the FCC had begun two formal proceedings on ways to reform its procedures.  I’m pleased to report now that the reforms are reality.  As a result, starting on Wednesday, June 1, the Commission and the public will benefit from greater
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Building a Better "Beta"

May 11, 2011 - 08:53 PM by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
When we launched on April 5, our team kicked off an iterative process to maximize the impact of citizen feedback on the site.The traditional concept of “beta” reflects some of the best attributes the Web: fast cycles of change designed to build off of what’s
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Legal and Telecom Practitioners' Voices in the new

May 3, 2011 - 09:58 AM by Colin Sandy, FCBA Access to Government Committee Co-Chair
Federal Communications Bar Association members and other interested individuals took a deep dive into the new website during a half-day session at the commission on April 25. The seminar featured lots of great interaction with the new site and provided the commission’s New Media team
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Getting your work done on the new

April 7, 2011 - 11:44 AM by Haley Van Dyck, FCC New Media
The FCC’s online presence is a lot of things to a lot of people. Reimagining means maximizing the value that all of the agency’s stakeholders – consumers, businesses, public safety and telecommunications professionals – derive from the site.The overall redesign of is
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Delivering on Our Open Government Promise

April 4, 2011 - 11:15 AM by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
Look across the landscape of government websites, and you see a common phenomenon: a dot gov site at rest, stays at rest.Our own is proof enough. What was hailed in the late 1990’s as one of the leading federal web sites has sprawled out over time, moving with the organizational
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More News with the FCC Registration Numbers

March 29, 2011 - 02:22 PM by Warren Firschein
FCC license holders and others doing business with the Commission are likely to be already familiar with the Commission’s Registration System, also known as “CORES,” which primarily is used by registrants to obtain an identifying number called an FCC Registration Number, or “FRN.”
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The FCC's Amazing Crew in Gettysburg, PA

March 15, 2011 - 05:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
I spend a lot of time at the FCC’s main building in southwest DC. Days can pass with me not even venturing across the street at lunch time for a sandwich. So, when my schedule offered me the opportunity to travel outside of this fine city to see what my FCC colleagues are doing in one of
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