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Exploring New Ideas for Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

September 22, 2014 by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week was a big one in the Commission’s quest for the best approach to protect and promote an Open Internet. Our public comment period ended on Monday . . . with more than 3.7 million comments and reply comments submitted by a public that is passionate about this issue. Many of
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Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future

January 14, 2014 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 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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FCC Speed Test App: Our First Results

November 21, 2013 by Mike Byrne and Eric Spry, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Last week, the FCC released the first public version of the FCC Speed Test app for Android phones.  The app, available for free in the Google Play store, provides precise and nuanced data about the performance of mobile broadband networks used by consumers in the U.S.  The launch was
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A Call for Input: Improving Government Efficiency at the FCC

November 18, 2013 by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
***Please Note: original blog text was revised 11/19/2013 to notify the public that any feedback received will be made publicAs Chairman Wheeler announced in his initial blog post upon joining the FCC, improving agency processes and procedures to more efficiently and effectively serve the
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New FCC Speed Test App: How does your mobile broadband network measure up?

November 14, 2013 by James Miller and Walter Johnson, Office of Engineering & Technology
Today we’re publicly releasing the first version of the new FCC Speed Test App for Android smartphones, as part of our Measuring Broadband America Program to cellular and Wi-Fi mobile broadband. The app is a first step towards accurately evaluating mobile broadband network performance, and is
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Mobile Accessibility and Employment of People with Disabilities

October 31, 2013 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is pleased to commemorate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recent years and on a global scale, the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has been dramatic.  A driving force behind this
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On the Importance of Communication

October 21, 2013 by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Our modern world teems with communication. Most of us have cell phones or smart phones that allow us to be reached 24/7 by almost anyone as we move about the planet. We can access the Internet and catch-up on global and local news, share our thoughts via blogs, wikis, instant messages, or
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For researchers, useful datasets and potential questions

September 27, 2013 by Irene S. Wu, Senior Analyst, Policy Division, International Bureau
At the Federal Communications Commission, we publish a large amount of information and data, much of it potentially useful for research projects.  However, the FCC’s information is organized in ways that facilitate rulemakings, not research; and for those not directly involved in
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A New Step in Promoting Safety and Innovation in Healthcare IT

September 6, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of FCC Health Care Initiatives
The FCC is committed to accelerating the adoption and innovation of health information technology (health IT) through wired and wireless broadband.  Health IT tools such as electronic health records, mobile health applications and mobile body area networks (MBANS) hold great
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