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A regulatory what?

August 16, 2010 - 10:48 AM

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:185:height=80,width=70]]The business of regulatory agencies can sometimes be a bit obscure.  There is a swath of legislation known as administrative law that governs how the Federal Communications Commission serves the public.  The same applies to sister agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration , and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  It is very important to all of us to make the FCC as open and transparent an agency as possible, but also to make the work that we do more understandable and accessible to everyone.  Whether blogging about upcoming litigation or sharing a screencast of how to file a formal consumer complaint, we’ll continue to scale out and revamp these efforts., EPA, and others recently held a contest asking citizens to submit videos explaining the federal rulemaking process and showing why it matters to you and me.  The winner was recently announced and we wanted to share it here at, too.  Enjoy! 

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July 16, 2010 - 12:52 PM


Here at the FCC over the last year, you may have noticed new features and functionality the FCC has been rolling out to improve and modernize its Web presence. One quiet and continuing goal has been to improve the user experience by creating simple pages with easy-to-remember URLs where you can reliably find what you are looking for. This is a work in progress and far from complete, but we wanted to highlight a few such hubs of information that are worth looking into and keeping an eye on. Each new release will continue to mature through iterations, so join the discussion by letting us know your ideas. There's much more to come.

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by Gray Brooks, New Media Technology Specialist
April 20, 2010 - 10:08 AM


Since the launch of earlier this year, the FCC has stayed busy adding further information and increasing the number of available data sets. Though /data originally contained scores of data downloads, several dozen search engines, and over 50 XML feeds, we hold to the pledge that new data sets will be regularly added to, and the work to present the data in more functional and easily accessible formats will be ongoing. The FCC remains committed to become a more open and data-driven agency and indeed to become a model agency in government transparency.

The FCC shares the understanding that all public data should be easily browsable, strongly searchable, and available via bulk download and syndication, for free and in open formats. There is much progress to be made, but the role and the mission of will continue to be the online clearinghouse for the data of the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to the 'Featured Data Sets' that were recently added to the sidebar of, we also wanted to begin highlighting some of the new additions to

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Today's Open Meeting

by Gray Brooks, New Media
January 20, 2010 - 10:12 AM

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:185:height=80,width=70]]At 10:30 AM EST, tune in to watch today's Open Commission Meeting at  You can find background documents from the meeting at and it will be live-blogged at Blogband

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Upcoming events at

by Gray Brooks, FCC New Media
January 11, 2010 - 06:39 PM

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:185:height=80,width=70]]This week and next marks the inaugural live video streams for  No matter where in the world you are, you’ll be able to tune in and watch as it happens: a Media Ownership Workshop on Financial and Markeplace Issues (tomorrow, 9:00 A.M. ET - Agenda); an Open Internet Workshop on Innovation, Investment, and the Open Internet (this Wednesday, 4:30 P.M. ET – Agenda); a further Open Internet Workshop on Consumers, Transparency, and the Open Internet (January 19, 1:00 P.M. ET); and the next Open Commission Meeting (January 20, 10:00 A.M. ET).  . 

Each event will be streamed live at and moving forward, you can keep an eye on the FCC Calendar to better track further events that are scheduled.  Tune in and join the discussion. 

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