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March 23, 2011 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
The National Broadband Map was developed to embody the spirit of the Internet. Let me explain what I mean. The Internet is a two way street. At its most basic, the National Broadband Map shows how quickly Americans can give and take information over our national networks. The Internet is also
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App Accessibility: Are We at a Tipping Point?

March 11, 2011 by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Everyone is always talking about some new app, and I simply can’t keep up!Recently, I ran across something called the “iPhone App Directory.” The British magazine, now in its sixth issue, reviews, rates and lists download costs for apps.  I was curious to see how many of the 947
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Auditing FCC.Gov with Open Source DeveloperView

March 3, 2011 by Chris Barna
The current FCC.gov has hundreds of thousands of pages, hidden across a myriad of different directories and subdomains. When thinking about how we wanted to migrate content over to the new FCC.gov, we had to find a way to organize these pages into categories based on a number of different
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First 24 hours

February 18, 2011 by Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer
The launch of the National Broadband Map marks the beginning of a promising new venture: empowering consumers, researchers, policy-makers, and developers to truly understand what broadband means in America.This idea—a powerful way to navigate huge troves of data to increase transparency and
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The National Broadband Map

February 17, 2011 by Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative – NTIA
Welcome to the first-ever public, searchable nationwide map of broadband access.The National Broadband Map is an unprecedented project created by NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC, and in partnership with each state, territory and the District of Columbia. We created the
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IssueMap Round-up

February 16, 2011 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
We’re really proud and humbled by the splash that IssueMap made last week. Thanks to the team at FortiusOne for rolling out a high-quality product that obviously hit the mark.It’s exciting to see some of the cool IssueMaps that are shared over social networks. You can
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Announcing IssueMap: Copy, paste, map

February 7, 2011 by Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer
Everyone has seen a good spreadsheet go bad. Students, lawyers, public servants, accountants—if you’ve ever spent time with a complicated dataset, you’ve had a spreadsheet turn against you.Maps are a data visualization tool that can fix a rotten spreadsheet by making the data real and
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Video: Crowd-sourced mobile broadband data

January 25, 2011 by Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer
We recently spoke at one of the largest federal mapping data events, the ESRI Federal Users Conference, where we presented a cool implementation of FCC APIs mashed up with other, powerful datasets.Last Spring, the FCC launched a pioneering crowd-sourced data collection tool: the FCC Consumer
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New Tools Allow Developers to Leverage Spectrum Data

January 14, 2011 by James Brown
Today the Federal Communications Commission released two new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) on our developer page at fcc.gov/developer. The new APIs leverage data from the Spectrum Dashboard and provide the developer community with direct access to these assets.Managing spectrum is
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Open Internet Apps Challenge

January 5, 2011 by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
For months, we've been hearing from a committed community of citizens that care deeply about preserving the foundational principles of the Internet.Many of the same people have been involved with the FCC over the last few months through our FCC.gov Developer community. Now that the FCC has
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