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Updating Old Policies; Pioneering New Ones

September 9, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Since becoming Chairman, I’ve spoken often about the importance of reviewing the FCC’s rules and processes, and eliminating or modernizing outdated practices that no longer make sense. There is no better example of an FCC rule that has outlived its usefulness and deserves to be
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The Future of FCC.GOV

September 5, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
In August the FCC launched a project to improve fcc.gov and unify all of our related subdomains. The project is focused on enhancing our website to allow the FCC to more effectively meet the needs of our site’s internal and external stakeholders. To ensure optimal usability for fcc.gov
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FCC Welcomes TechGirls

September 4, 2014 by Anita Dey, Chief, Regional & Bilateral Affairs Branch, Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division, International Bureau
Left to right: Mindel De La Torre (Chief, International Bureau), Imene Benzenache (TechGirl), Shahdan Abd El Kareem (TechGirl), Anita Dey, Isabelle Styslinger (IB/SAND Intern), Ena Dekanic (IB/SAND Legal Fellow). Recently, the International Bureau hosted two remarkable
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Keeping Track of the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

July 14, 2014 by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
*Update: The blog post below has been revised to reflect  the extension of the initial Net Neutrality comment period to 7/18. This week marks the end of the first round of comments in the Commission’s Open Internet Proceeding.  During the past 60 days, the Commission has
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New Opportunities in New Mexico’s Indian Country

June 30, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pueblo of Acoma in central New Mexico along with Senator Tom Udall, my second visit to Indian Country in 2014.  I saw buildings carved out of the earth by hand in the 17th Century, and also met with community leaders focused on unlocking
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FCC and GSA Team Up to Help Schools and Libraries Save Money on Wi-Fi

June 26, 2014 by Jon Wilkins, Acting Managing Director
Correcting the lack of robust Wi-Fi in schools and libraries is a major focus of our E-rate modernization efforts. Nearly 60 percent of schools in America lack sufficient Wi-Fi to provide their students and teachers with modern educational tools, and far too many schools simply have no
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The Incentive Auction: Helping Broadcasters Make Informed Decisions

June 25, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, the FCC made history by adopting rules for the first-ever Incentive Auction. We moved an innovative approach –marrying the economics of wireless providers’ demand for spectrum with the economics of television broadcasters, the current holders of spectrum—one huge
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Internet Traffic Exchange: Time to Look under the Hood

June 18, 2014 by Julie Knapp and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering & Technology
No one company defines your personal Internet experience. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that sell you Internet access are only one part of a complex ecosystem that also includes backbone providers, content delivery networks, and other Internet traffic actors. The connection points
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FCC Launches Direct Video Communication Access to Help Consumers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

June 11, 2014 by Greg Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office
The FCC has unveiled a new type of support service specifically designed for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to communicate in their primary language, American Sign Language (ASL).   The “ASL Consumer Support Line,” announced by Chairman Tom Wheeler at the
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Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband

June 10, 2014 by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga’s proximity to the Tennessee River – a natural network – fueled its initial growth. When the railroad network arrived in the mid-19th century,
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