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Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 02:44 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
This week, March 1-7, 2015, the FCC is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), joining with a coalition of more than 85 consumer advocacy groups and federal, state and local government agencies in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection. Together
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Back to Basics: Promoting Public Safety and Protecting Consumers

January 8, 2015 - 05:16 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This week, I’ve been at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting a sneak peak at the very latest gadgets and innovations. Enabling new technologies that delight consumers and grow our economy is one of the FCC’s top priorities. While the hottest tech trends may garner the
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Closing the 911 Location Accuracy Gap

December 17, 2014 - 07:01 PM by Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Earlier this year, the Commission proposed rules to help first responders better locate indoor wireless 911 callers. The reason was clear: the vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. This puts American
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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 03:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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Safety and Broadband Must Go Hand in Hand

October 15, 2014 - 12:11 PM by Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor and Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The wireless industry is a powerful driver of growth in our economy. New facilities pop up all the time, giving the devices in our pockets and purses better service and faster broadband connections. Our country relies on these connections, but serving America's exploding demand for them
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Hurricane Season’s Coming: 11 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Connected When Disaster Strikes

May 27, 2014 - 11:08 AM 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 - 06:12 PM 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 - 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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FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911

March 7, 2014 - 11:34 AM 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 - 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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