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An Update: Driving Innovation and Reforms from the International Bureau

April 23, 2013 by Mindel De La Torre , International Bureau Chief
The Commission recently adopted the Second Report and Order on Foreign Ownership (“Order”) to overhaul and streamline the way it reviews foreign ownership of U.S. wireless companies under sections 310(b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Communications Act.  These reforms will dramatically
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A Model for Connecting Rural America to Broadband

April 22, 2013 by By Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
The FCC reached another milestone today in its implementation of Universal Service reforms to ensure rural Americans have access to voice and robust broadband services – including extending broadband to the millions of Americans that are unserved today. Our primary tool to achieve this
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Women in Information, Communications, and Technology Twitter Chat

April 2, 2013 by Brittany L. Stevenson and Deanna N. K. Stephens, FCC New Media
On March 28, in celebration of Women’s History month, the FCC hosted a twitter chat focusing on Women in Information Communications and Technology (ICT).  The four panelists come from various sections of ICT: Ann Gallagher, Electronics; Engineer at the FCC; Rachel
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3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign

March 21, 2013 by Kevin Almasy and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
March 21 marks the launch of “EveryoneOn,” a nationwide public education campaign to help all Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers.In the 21st century workforce, it has never been more important to possess
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Progress Update: How the FCC is Expanding Broadband Connectivity for Health Care

February 1, 2013 by Maya Uppaluru, Public-Private Initiatives
Broadband connectivity is transforming America’s health care system, creating better, faster, and more cost-effective health care across the country. The sector represents almost 18 percent of the nation’s GDP, and increased efficiency has the power to lower costs, create better results for
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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 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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Learning to Think Critically: Girls and Digital Literacy Skills

December 14, 2012 by By Renee Wittemyer, Director Social Impact, Intel Corporation
WISENET (Women in ICTs Shared Excellence Network) is the International Bureau’s convening platform that aims to leverage the experience, resources and connections of the international ICT community to better the situation of women, their communities and their countries. As part of this work,
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Protecting Your Cellphone and Smart Devices

November 28, 2012 by Keyla Hernández-Ulloa, Associate Division Chief, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it is important to remember to protect our cell phones and smart devices from theft or loss.  Theft of such devices continues to increase and is becoming a serious issue not only in the United States but globally.  Among the Federal
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FCC Releases Machine Readable Data on E-rate Program

October 19, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer and Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
We at the FCC know the importance of open data to policy making and government transparency. The FCC continues to modernize and streamline how it collects, uses, and disseminates data as smart policies depend on quality data, which should be accessible to the public in meaningful ways using
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FCC Releases Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 to Empower Small Businesses with Customizable Cybersecurity Plans

October 17, 2012 by Jordan Usdan, Kevin Almasy, and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
Small businesses are more dependent on the Internet than ever before, but 83 percent don’t have a formal cybersecurity plan to protect against cyber threats [1]  As larger companies improve cyber defenses, American small businesses are becoming more vulnerable targets.  According to
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