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New Year Solutions for Rural Call Completion Problems

January 5, 2012 by Sharon Gillett and Jamie Barnett, Chiefs of the Wireline Competition Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Rural “call completion” problems are a serious issue that the Commission has been grappling with over the past few months.  Local phone providers in rural areas have reported an alarming increase in complaints from customers that long distance calls and faxes are not reaching them.
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FCC Launches the Small Biz Cyber Planner

November 17, 2011 by Jordan Usdan and Josh Gottheimer, Chairman's Office
The FCC is launching the Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. This is the result of an unprecedented public-private partnership between government experts and private IT and security companies, including DHS, NCSA, NIST, The
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FCC and FEMA: How to Communicate Before, During and After a Major Disaster

September 21, 2011 by Craig Fugate and Julius Genachowski
By Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Ask anyone who has lived through a significant disaster what that experience was like and – without a doubt – one of the things some
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10th Anniversary Memorial of the September 11th Attacks

September 8, 2011 by James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral (Ret.), Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
This month we are remembering the tenth anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Although a decade has passed since the events that transpired on the morning of September 11, 2001 for most of us the impact, emotions, and our personal experience remains vivid
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National Preparedness Month

September 7, 2011 by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
  The National Preparedness Month, is an awareness campaign that occurs during the month of September, to bring awareness to the preparations necessary before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster.  With the recent Virginia earthquake and Hurricane Irene hitting so close
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Tips for Communicating in an Emergency

August 27, 2011 by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
I want to share some important emergency information to you for during the storm so that you and your family stay safe.Recommended Practices for All UsersIt is important for consumers to keep in mind that during an emergency, many more people are trying to use their wireless and wireline
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FCC Releases Narrowbanding Waiver Guidance PN

July 26, 2011 by Zenji Nakazawa, Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
If you were driving and encountered one of those yellow traffic signs that indicated the road ahead narrowed from three to two lanes, would you: (a) ignore it, press the pedal to the metal and hope for the best, (b) wait until the very last moment and then cut in front of the next car inches
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Communicating with the Public During Emergencies

July 8, 2011 by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
With over 1,400 tornadoes and widespread flooding, we have already seen too much loss of life from natural disasters this year.  A bright spot in these terrible reports is when we hear a survivor say, “I got the warning, and I got to safety.”  This is the crucial premise of all
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First Nationwide Test of the EAS

June 9, 2011 by James A. Barnett, Jr., Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Early warnings save lives. This was demonstrated recently and dramatically during the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated Eastern Japan. Except for Japan’s early warning systems, loss of life would have been much higher. Here at the FCC, we have a series of initiatives to ensure that
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 25, 2011 by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau can trace it’s origin from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  So, for us in the Bureau, National Hurricane Preparedness Week marks an extremely significant time when our work and focus are clearly oriented to the potential damage these
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