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Hurricane Season’s Coming: 11 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes

May 27, 2014 by Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
When an emergency occurs, most of us reach for the phone to check on loved ones and, if needed, call for help. Yet in past disasters, some forms of communications – and the electricity that powers them – have been disrupted for days or even weeks. The FCC is working with providers
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Technology Transitions and Public Safety Workshop and Online Forum

April 16, 2014 by Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Technology transitions, in the telecommunications sector, are already happening, and they will continue to have a profound impact on public safety communications.  As networks transform, the capability for public safety officials to reliably communicate among themselves and with the public
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FCC Accepting Nominations for Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility; Deadline Is April 15

March 21, 2014 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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FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911

March 7, 2014 by Rear Admiral (Ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Today we launched an interactive webpage with best practices to assist text message providers and 911 call centers with deploying text-to-911.  The webpage contains materials prepared by Vermont, Texas, and other state 911 call centers (known as public safety answering points or PSAPs)
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Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public Interest.

January 30, 2014 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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FCC Celebrates National Rural Health Day

November 21, 2013 by Matthew Quinn, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
Today is National Rural Health Care Day, providing an opportunity to honor the life-saving role that rural health care providers play in their communities, and to focus on how broadband technologies can help them do their jobs even better.Broadband-powered health information technology is
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On Cyber Trick-or-T(h)reats

October 30, 2013 by Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Last week, I started a public conversation on the importance of communication.  This week I want to discuss another side of digital communication:  the spread of viruses, malware, and advanced persistent threats on the internet. The timing of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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Toward More Resilient Communications Networks

October 28, 2013 by David Turetsky, Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
It’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy struck a devastating blow to communities in the Eastern United States. Since then, America’s recovery efforts have focused not only on rebuilding but also on resiliency – that is, improving our ability to withstand future disasters. The lessons
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FCC Releases a Software Development Kit for the Accessibility Clearinghouse

August 28, 2013 by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative and Aaron Vimont, Accessibility Innovation Summer Intern
Created as part of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), the FCC’s Accessibility Clearinghouse is designed to be a useful, reliable, and reusable resource for individuals seeking accessibility solutions to give them full access to our nation's
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Preparing for Text-to-911

July 1, 2013 by David Turetsky, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
For the millions of Americans who use text messaging on their wireless phones, it may come as a surprise that you typically can’t reach 911 by text message. That is beginning to change, however.Text-to-911 service is currently available on a limited basis in a few locations across the
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