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Modernizing E-Rate for Indian Country

April 10, 2014 - 12:35 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Last month, I was honored to meet with Tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual conference to discuss the FCC’s commitment to a reinvigorated Tribal consultation process focused on improving access to modern communications in Indian Country. Acting on this
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On the Rise: Regulating Through Pilot Programs

April 10, 2014 - 12:16 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
From the good work of my staff, take a look below at the recent trend to fund pilot projects at the Commission.  This upsurge makes it essential that any pilot project have an established and confirmed end date.  I don’t doubt that an occasional pilot project may be of
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FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline Is April 15

March 21, 2014 - 03:11 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
*The deadline for nominations for Chairman’s AAA has been extended from March 31 to April 15. This blog post has been edited to reflect the deadline change.One of the most cherished missions of the FCC is helping to bridge the accessibility gap in communications technologies. Entrusted by
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How The Sidecar Business Model Works

March 6, 2014 - 03:25 PM by Phil Verveer, Senior Counselor to Chairman Wheeler
The sidecar business model involves a dominant and weaker (or, to put it another way, an independent and a dependent) broadcaster in the same market.  The broker exercises operational and financial influence over the brokered station and performs the basic functions of station
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FCC Speed Test App for iPhone Expands Options for Mobile Broadband Performance Information

February 25, 2014 - 04:28 PM by James Miller and Walter Johnston, Office of Engineering and Technology
Late last year, we expanded the Measuring Broadband America program to include mobile broadband measurement, and released our first FCC Speed Test app for Android smartphones. Mobile broadband services are increasingly important to consumers, and this was an exciting first step in our program.
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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 - 07:12 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. As Chairman of the FCC, visiting a television station isn’t necessarily that noteworthy. But
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Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public Interest.

January 30, 2014 - 06:36 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
Technology and networks are rapidly changing. We support technological innovation, but our challenge is preserving the values that consumers and businesses have come to expect from their networks – universal access, public safety, competition, and consumer protection. That’s why earlier
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Retiring the transition.fcc.gov Front Page

January 15, 2014 - 03:21 PM by Howard Parnell, Chief, Web and Print Publishing Division
The old front page of the former FCC.gov will soon be retired in keeping with plans to gradually transition off of what has been known as the “transition” website for almost three years.  All content formerly on the old transition front page -- including links to our most popular tools
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Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future

January 14, 2014 - 06:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Now that the Court of Appeals has ruled on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order upholding the Commission’s authority to act under Section 706, I want to provide a further insight into my oft-repeated statement that I am pro-open Internet.  This perspective will guide my actions and
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Adapting Regulatory Frameworks to 21st Century Networks and Markets

January 9, 2014 - 06:22 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
In my first remarks to FCC staff as Chairman, I said that the connective technology that defines the 21st century flows through the FCC, and our challenge is to be as nimble as the innovators and network builders who are changing the world and creating these great opportunities. Meeting that
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