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Marking Consumer Protection Week at the FCC

March 5, 2012 by Howard Parnell , Chief, Web and Print Publishing Division, Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Looking out for consumers is a year-round job at the FCC, and Consumer Protection Week is an opportunity to take stock in our work, renew our commitments and note the achievements of our colleagues in other agencies.The 21st Annual National Consumer Protection Week runs through March 10, with a
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New Features and Enhancements for FCC.gov

February 14, 2012 by David Robbins, Managing Director
Just as the Internet is in a state of constant evolution, a good website must be in a constant state of innovation.  Since the launch of the redesigned FCC.gov last spring, we have continued to roll out new site features and enhancements. The daily work is informed by feedback from an
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Understanding Maps at the Federal Communications Commission

February 3, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
Last October, the FCC quietly deployed a new section to fcc.gov.  The section, http://www.fcc.gov/maps, translates complex policy into understandable stories for consumers.   Our maps are a fresh approach to internet mapping and help to advance our goal of open government.
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Apps for Communities Announcement Thursday

December 13, 2011 by Brittany L. Stevenson, New Media Associate
Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation challenged American citizens to develop software applications (apps) that deliver personalized, actionable information to people that are least likely to be online. Using hyper-local
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Behind the Scenes with Apps for Communities

September 30, 2011 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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Announcing Apps for Communities Deadline Extended

August 19, 2011 by Clay Johnson, Partner, Big Window Labs
We are thrilled to have already received over 35 entries to the Apps for Communities contest, but because we've just recently confirmed our impressive slate of judges, the Knight Foundation and the FCC wanted to give everyone a few extra weeks.  The results of this contest can have an
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Taking a Peek Under the Hood of the New FCC.Gov

July 26, 2011 by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Public dot-gov sites are playing a big role in delivering on the promises of open government. As many people know, government sites -- WhiteHouse.gov for example -- are becoming active participants in this conversation between citizens, developers and dot gov teams. We’re proud that the new
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Contributing Code Back: FCC.gov’s Open-Source Feedback Loop

July 6, 2011 by Benjamin J. Balter, New Media Fellow
Here at the FCC, we're always excited when we can contribute to open source software. Open source software is just like any other software, except the creator publishes the underlying source code that powers the application, allowing others to improve upon or adapt the project to their own
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Reform of Procedures, Ex Parte Rules

May 27, 2011 by Austin Schlick, General Counsel
A little more than a year ago, I blogged that the FCC had begun two formal proceedings on ways to reform its procedures.  I’m pleased to report now that the reforms are reality.  As a result, starting on Wednesday, June 1, the Commission and the public will benefit from greater
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The FCC as a Platform: New Tools for Developers to Get Involved

May 16, 2011 by Abhi Nemani, Director of Strategy and Communications, Code for America
There’s a saying that technology makes easy problems easy, and hard problems possible. Well the FCC is taking on some very hard and important challenges, and doing so smartly with the use of technology to not only increase transparency but also leverage public participation. In particular, by
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