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Enhancing Competition and Opportunity in the Mobile Marketplace

June 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few areas of our economy hold more promise for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators than the wireless broadband sector. According to a Boston Consulting Group analysis, it already contributes $548 billion annually to U.S. GDP, and it is projected to account for 5 percent of our economy by
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Crafting Balanced Incentive Auction Rules in the Public Interest

June 17, 2015 - 04:26 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This Sunday marks the first day of summer, and what will be the critical season for finalizing key details for next year’s Incentive Auction.  This two-sided auction will use market forces to make available more low-band spectrum to meet the wireless broadband needs of consumers and
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Welcome Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council V Members

June 15, 2015 - 02:36 PM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Today the FCC announced that the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (or “CSRIC”) has been re-chartered for two more years and also announced the members of the new CSRIC. CSRIC is a federal advisory committee that provides recommendations to the FCC on
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Continuing Efforts to Measure and Report on Mobile Wireless Competition

May 29, 2015 - 12:09 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The Communications Act requires the submission to Congress each year of reports analyzing the state of competition in the mobile wireless industry. The Seventeenth Mobile Wireless Competition Report was released in December 2014. This report covered data from 2013 and the first half of 2014
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A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans

May 28, 2015 - 01:25 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The Lifeline program was established in 1985 to help low-income Americans afford access to vital communications. Our nation’s enduring promise is opportunity for all, and helping financially struggling Americans access basic communications empowers individuals to pursue new opportunities
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Standing Down for Tower Climber Safety

May 15, 2015 - 05:11 PM by Roger Sherman, Chief, and Michael Janson, Associate Chief, Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Over the past two weeks, millions of workers across the country have participated in a National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  This voluntary annual event, coordinated by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is an
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The Accessible Technology Challenges Facing Millennials

May 6, 2015 - 03:13 PM by Jamal Mazrui , Director, FCC Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced proposals to move the Commission forward on two important communications access issues for Americans with disabilities.  It is a primary objective of the Commission to strive toward better access to information and communication technology for
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AWS-3 Update: The Licensing Process Continues

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The AWS-3 auction was a blockbuster success – 1,611 new spectrum licenses, 31 winning bidders, and more than $41 billion in net revenues--not to mention that it made available an additional 65 megahertz of spectrum for consumers’ mobile broadband use.  The story of this
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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
On Friday the FCC unanimously voted to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band. This action will create a 150-megahertz band suitable for wireless broadband, including 100 megahertz previously unavailable for commercial use because it was earmarked for military radars.
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Modernizing the FCC.gov Website

April 20, 2015 - 01:14 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
In August, the FCC team began a six-month research and design project to dramatically improve the usability and functionality of FCC.gov and its subdomains. The outcome of these collaborative efforts resulted in an interactive prototype of what the improved FCC.gov will look like, as well as an
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