The FCC's Public-Private Initiatives program teams with private and non-profit entities to expand job creation, empower consumers and connect every American with high-speed Internet. By leveraging the power of broadband and private-sector expertise, PPI seeks to develop and promote innovative approaches to a range of opportunities in fields such as education, health care, public safety, cybersecurity, broadband adoption and digital literacy.
Initiatives and Partners
Connect2Compete is a national non-profit working to bring digital opportunity to 100 million unconnected Americans through free and low-cost Internet and computer offers and free digital training. To drive awareness and relevance, Connect2Compete has designed and launched a three year, multi-media, bi-lingual Ad Council campaign on digital inclusion - the first of its kind (EveryoneOn.org).
Founded in the fall of 2011, C2C includes more than 40 non-profit and private sector partners, including the nation's largest cable Internet companies. Additional partners include Best Buy, Discovery, LULAC, the National Urban League, Intel, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Microsoft, Sunesys, CFY, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- HUD Event Video
- Redemtech Event Video | Photos
- U.S. Department of Labor Event Video | Photos
- San Diego Pilot
- EveryoneOn PSA
- Connect2Compete School Event Video
Photo: FCC Chairman Genachowski addresses digital literacy and job skills gap at an Arlington, Va., employment center July 16, 2012.
- Digital Textbook Playbook
The Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators begin building rich digital learning experiences for students in districts across the country. The Playbook offers information about planning broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that have engaged in successful transitions to digital learning.
- LEAD Commission
Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education, experts from across the education and technology space formed the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission. The Commission is developing a blueprint for using technology as a catalyst to transform and improve American education. The LEAD Commission will incorporate input from a cross-section of teachers, parents, local government officials, school officials, students and education technology industry leaders and expects to release its findings and recommendations in 2013.
- mHealth Summit
On June 6, 2012, the FCC hosted a meeting with private, academic, and government leaders from across the wireless health technology ecosystem to discuss the promise of broadband to improve health care and lower costs, including practical steps the assembled leaders could take to foster innovation in the sector. Studies show that online health care innovations can reduce costs by as much as $197 billion in the next 25 years, while improving patient care.
The group released a report detailing policy recommendations for the FCC, other government agencies, and for industry with the goal of making online health care technology a routine medical best practice within five years. The FCC has taken action on 85 percent of the Task Force's recommendations.
- mHealth Task Force Remarks
- mHealth Roundtable Remarks
- mHealth Task Force Findings and Recommendations
Photo: Chairman Genachowski delivers opening remarks at the mHealth Summit at the FCC June 6, 2012.
- Small Business Cyber Planner
In October 2012, the FCC released Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. Using the tool, companies can create and save a custom cyber security plan, choosing from a menu of expert advice to address specific business needs and concerns. More than 12,000 visitors have used the Planner since its release. The FCC also updated its Cybersecurity Tip Sheet. The Small Biz Cyber Planner 1.0 was released October 2011.
- Smartphone Security Checker
Together with multiple private sector partners, the FCC in December 2012 released a new tool to help protect smartphone owners against mobile security threats. The tool gives consumers the opportunity to secure their mobile device through a customized 10-step process. Over 100,000 people have used the smartphone security checker.
- Combating Smartphone Theft
In April 2012, Chairman Genachowski, with the support of major city police chiefs and the wireless industry, announced the PROTECTS Initiative, which includes commitments by wireless carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint -- which cover 90 percent of US subscribers -- to take specific steps to deter theft and secure customer data.
The carriers are on track to meet the commitment milestones, which include: participation in an international database to prevent use of stolen smartphones; consumer notification and education including information about lock/locate/wipe applications; and a public education campaign on how to protect smartphones and consumers.
In November 2012, Chairman Genachowski signed a bilateral agreement with Mexican Communications Under-Secretary Hector Olavarría Tapia to combat the theft and cross-border trafficking of mobile devices between the United States and Mexico. U.S. and Mexican mobile providers recently joined together to build an international stolen device database, which will prevent mobile devices stolen in New York, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities from being re-activated in Mexico, and stolen Mexican devices from being re-activated in the U.S. market. The Commission is exploring similar agreements with other countries.
Photo: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey delivers remarks at launch of PROTECTS Initiative, with Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and FCC Chairman Genachowski, April 10, 2012.