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Behind the Scenes with Apps for Communities

September 30, 2011 - 06:04 PM by Brittany L. Stevenson, New Media Associate
So, who's behind the 50+ apps that we've received so far? Curious to know some details?Apps are coming in from communities across the country — from Native American reservations and cities in California, Georgia, Oregon, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, New York, Washington, and Michigan.What are the
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FCC Announces Public Testing of First Television White Spaces Database

September 14, 2011 - 02:17 PM by Julie Knapp, Chief, FCC Office of Engineering and Technology
White spaces are unused spectrum between TV stations and are considered prime real estate because signals in this band travel well, making the band ideally suited for mobile wireless devices. Unlocking this valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to arise, create American jobs,
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Announcing Judging Panel for Apps for Communities

August 12, 2011 - 11:46 AM by Ellen Satterwhite, Consumer Policy Advisor
The FCC and the Knight Foundation have partnered up for a competition to build apps to make cities more livable! As developers and communities’ use the last few weeks of summers to finish their entries for the Apps for Communities Challenge, it’s time to announce the impressive panel of
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Wireless Backhaul Reform

August 9, 2011 - 01:03 PM by John Schauble, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Today, the FCC released a wireless backhaul item that implements key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan, by removing outdated regulatory barriers and unleashing additional spectrum for broadband services. The FCC’s actions will stimulate additional opportunities for broadband
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Progress Made on the Road To Bring Broadband to Rural Areas, but Many Miles To Go

June 22, 2011 - 05:49 PM by Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill recognized the importance of bringing broadband to rural America.  It told the FCC Chairman, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, to take a close look at rural broadband, and to submit reports describing “a comprehensive rural broadband
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Seeing It All at the Cable Show in Chicago

June 22, 2011 - 05:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Having just spent two days at the Cable Show in Chicago, IL, I can safely say that the content and programming industries continue to amaze me. As I walked through the many acres of floor displays and demonstrations, I noticed that the tastes and preferences of viewers continues to expand, and
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Broadband Availability: It’s So Much More Than Just Access to the Internet

May 24, 2011 - 05:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Last week I was in Omaha, Nebraska to engage in several discussions about the importance of ubiquitous and affordable, high-speed Internet. As you know, we are spending a lot of time at the Commission considering how to reform and modernize the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) and
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What is "place" and why does it matter?

May 20, 2011 - 03:37 PM by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
Today, I spoke at a forum on Place-Based Public Management sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration. The purpose of the forum was to explore how place-based policies might improve public management.This idea hasn’t been very well understood across the federal space (and
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Genachowski, FCC Staff Take In CES 2011

January 10, 2011 - 05:14 PM by George Krebs
Tablets and TVs; gadgets and tech-integrated vehicles; tech-enhanced musical instruments and heavily promoted headphones; innovative toys, energy efficient designs and wireless enabled products of all sorts. Sunday concluded a busy span of stunning technology pageantry in Las Vegas. Thousands
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9-1-1's Next Frontier

November 23, 2010 - 04:10 PM by George Krebs
This morning Chairman Genachowski, Public Safety Bureau Chief Jamie Barnett and a collection of FCC staff visited a state-of-the-art response facility at the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center in Arlington, Virginia. Following the vision laid out in the National Broadband Plan,
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