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New Features and Enhancements for FCC.gov

by: David Robbins, Managing Director

February 14, 2012

David Robbins

Just as the Internet is in a state of constant evolution, a good website must be in a constant state of innovation.  Since the launch of the redesigned FCC.gov last spring, we have continued to roll out new site features and enhancements. The daily work is informed by feedback from an array of audiences – legal practitioners, consumers, telecom professionals and elected officials, to name a few – as well as by best practices in the federal Web community and the broader Internet.

Two months ago, we announced the launch of MyFCC in beta, a companion site to FCC.gov that lets individual users create their own FCC online experience, with quick access to the tools and information they need. Today, I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on a number of more recent developments, and to again invite your feedback and suggestions.

These include:

  • Better use of home page “real estate,” providing quicker access to a greater variety of FCC materials, resources and events. Regular visitors will notice a more compact design, allowing for immediate access to a wider range of content at the top of the page.
  • An enhanced Newsroom section of the home page, with more headlines and event listings.
  • An expanded sitewide navigation bar featuring direct access to FCC Bureau and Office pages, MyFCC, and to the legacy ‘Transition.FCC.gov,’ useful for accessing older FCC materials until the migration to the new website is complete.
  • A new “Maps and Data” section on the home page, highlighting the cutting-edge work by our Maps team and ongoing data initiatives.

Beyond revising the home page and enhancing its navigation options, you will find a number of other improvements throughout the site. These include making it easier to find content through an improved Topic Browser for navigating the Our Work pages and via an updated featured-results engine for visitors using the ever-present site search. 

Much of this work and other projects in progress are directly related to comments and suggestions received on our discussion page since FCC.gov relaunched last spring.  In that time, hundreds of visitors have given feedback, suggested new features and reported bugs.  We look forward to hearing more from you and to continuing to evolve the website to meet your information needs.

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