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June 21, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The FCC’s incentive auction task force is making progress towards holding the world’s first incentive auction in 2014 which will free up valuable spectrum for mobile broadband use across the country.Over the past few weeks, the Commission has received significant input from parties
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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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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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Commission Launches New and Improved Incentive Auction LEARN Website

January 17, 2013 by Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
Today the FCC launched a new and improved LEARN website.The LEARN (Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now) website is a one-stop information resource for incentive auction stakeholders, particularly broadcasters.  Informing, educating, and reaching out to the broadcaster community is
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FCC Begins Search for Health Care Director and Launches New Health Website

December 13, 2012 by Jordan Usdan and Maya Uppaluru, Public-Private Initiatives
Today, the FCC posted the official vacancy announcement for a Director of Health Care Initiatives. In September, Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC would soon undertake a search for a new position to coordinate the agency’s numerous health care technology related initiatives, in
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FCC Acts on Key mHealth Task Force Recommendations to Spur Adoption of Wireless Health Technology

September 25, 2012 by Jordan Usdan, Maya Uppaluru
In today's connected world, it's surprising to learn that more than 60% of doctors use a fax machine as a predominant form of clinician communication and only 1 in 5 doctors use a smartphone as part of their work. While email and smartphone use alone could create greater efficiencies
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Heading Back to Kansas

September 4, 2012 by Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner
There's no place like home. I grew up in the great state of Kansas. When I was four years old, my family moved to Parsons, a small town of about 10,000 people in the southeastern corner of the state. My parents and many childhood friends still live there, and it's always a pleasure to visit.
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Digital Firsts

August 15, 2012 by David Robbins, Managing Director
Three years ago this week, the Federal Communications Commission joined the Twitterverse with our handle @FCC.   A few hours after sending our first Tweet, we used Twitter to announce our entry into the blogosphere: “FCC launches first-ever blog, called ’Blogband,’ to
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Review of the Literature Regarding Critical Information Needs of the American Public.

July 25, 2012 by Daniel Margolis, Attorney Advisor
A team of researchers led by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications prepared for the FCC a review of the literature regarding the critical information needs of the American Public.  The report concluded that: (1) There is an identifiable set of basic
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A Call for Nominations: FCC Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

June 14, 2012 by Kris Monteith, Acting Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
The Commission recently announced that it would be accepting nominations for the second annual Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA). This project, coordinated by the Commission's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), seeks to recognize
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