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An Update: Driving Innovation and Reforms from the International Bureau

April 23, 2013 - 11:28 AM by Mindel De La Torre , International Bureau Chief
The Commission recently adopted the Second Report and Order on Foreign Ownership (“Order”) to overhaul and streamline the way it reviews foreign ownership of U.S. wireless companies under sections 310(b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Communications Act.  These reforms will dramatically
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Women in Information, Communications, and Technology Twitter Chat

April 2, 2013 - 06:45 PM by Brittany L. Stevenson and Deanna N. K. Stephens, FCC New Media
On March 28, in celebration of Women’s History month, the FCC hosted a twitter chat focusing on Women in Information Communications and Technology (ICT).  The four panelists come from various sections of ICT: Ann Gallagher, Electronics; Engineer at the FCC; Rachel
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3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign

March 21, 2013 - 10:07 AM by Kevin Almasy and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
March 21 marks the launch of “EveryoneOn,” a nationwide public education campaign to help all Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers.In the 21st century workforce, it has never been more important to possess
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Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband How the U.S. Stacks Up and Challenges Ahead

February 26, 2013 - 05:32 PM by Ruth Milkman, Chief, WTB and Julius Knapp, Chief, OET
Today the United States is recognized as a leader in mobile technology, including commercial deployments of LTE and development of mobile operating systems.  This leadership depends on our continuing to make additional spectrum available for licensed mobile broadband and unlicensed uses,
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Connect2Compete and HUD Team Up to Expand Digital Literacy Across the US

February 19, 2013 - 03:32 PM by Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Although broadband adoption has increased in recent years, one-third of the country is still without home access. With nearly 80-percent of teachers assigning Internet-based homework, a high-speed connection to complete school assignments is a necessity, not an option. We need to ensure that
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FCC and Public-Private Partners Launch Smartphone Security Checker to Help Consumers Protect Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

December 17, 2012 - 03:33 PM by Jordan Usdan & Kevin Almasy, Public Private Initiatives
More than 20 million Americans will unwrap a new mobile device this holiday season, but most smartphone users admit they don’t know how to protect themselves from mobile security threats. With mobile cyber attacks increasing every year (threats increased 367% in 2011), it’s important that
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Media Ownership: Going the Extra Mile for Transparency

December 3, 2012 - 06:02 PM by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
For over two years, the Commission has welcomed public input in our pending Quadrennial Review of our broadcast ownership rules.  We began with the first of six public workshops on November 2, 2009 and continued by inviting two rounds of comments on a Notice of Inquiry released on May 25, 2010
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The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent and Participatory Internet

November 30, 2012 - 02:47 PM by Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Lawrence E. Strickling, Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Phillip L. Verveer, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, State Department
On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. Government’s commitment to the multistakeholder model as the appropriate process for addressing Internet policy and governance issues.  The
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Protecting Your Cellphone and Smart Devices

November 28, 2012 - 04:37 PM by Keyla Hernández-Ulloa, Associate Division Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember to protect our cell phones and smart devices from theft or loss.  Theft of such devices continues to increase and is becoming a serious issue not only in the United States but globally.  Among the Federal
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Experiencing the Magic of Innovation in Silicon Valley

October 23, 2012 - 05:30 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
I have seen a lot during my three-plus years as an FCC Commissioner: executive offices at major cable and television networks, telecom and broadband-related meetings on different continents, NGO exchanges highlighting how simple flip-phone devices are saving lives and improving agri-business
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