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FCC Launches Webpage with Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911

March 7, 2014 - 10:34 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 - 05:36 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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FCC Celebrates National Rural Health Day

November 21, 2013 - 03:43 PM 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 - 06:27 PM 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 - 11:08 AM 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 - 03:24 PM 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 - 03:49 PM 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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Preparing for Hurricane Season

June 7, 2013 - 09:54 AM by David Turetsky, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
Hurricane season officially began on June 1 and will last through November 30. While recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy are still underway, and we grapple with devastating tornadoes too, we must also prepare for the possibility of more hurricanes. And unfortunately, NOAA is
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FCC to Host Distracted Driving Technology Showcase

April 17, 2013 - 02:09 PM by Anthony Butler, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division, CGB
Did you know that each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in car crashes due to distracted driving?  According to a CDC study, 3,331 people were killed in 2011 in crashes involving a distracted driver.  That is a sobering
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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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