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Securing RF Devices Amid Changing Technology

October 8, 2015 - 03:56 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
This summer, the Commission opened a rulemaking proceeding with the goal of modernizing our approval process for radio devices to help us keep pace with the accelerating introduction of an ever-expanding breadth of wireless devices and products into the marketplace. The proposed rules will
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Thinking Globally, Acting on Mobile

October 1, 2015 - 03:13 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
One of the Commission’s biggest challenges is to make sure our rules and policies evolve to reflect major changes in the communications and technology landscape. Two of the biggest developments of the digital age are that the economy has gone global and everything is going mobile. Today,
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Another Step Toward Fairness in Inmate Calling Services

September 30, 2015 - 12:46 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Over two years ago, the FCC adopted an Order reforming rates for inmate calling services, easing the burden of exorbitant charges for millions of families. This change was a long time coming. The journey began in 2003 when Mrs. Martha Wright, a retired nurse from Washington, D.C., came before
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Improving Broadcasters’ Physical Security

September 29, 2015 - 03:55 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
The Commission’s effort to require online public inspection files for most television and radio broadcast stations (and others) brings with it the opportunity to improve the physical security of broadcast stations. Simply put, once the public is able to view these documents online, there
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Tools for PSAPs

September 28, 2015 - 01:23 PM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
As we come to the end of September, National Preparedness Month, I'd like to highlight two tools that Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – America's 911 operations centers – can use: one to alert their communities, and the other to alert the FCC to local public safety communications
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The Time Has Come to End Outdated Broadcasting Exclusivity Rules

September 22, 2015 - 09:54 AM by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
Last month, Chairman Wheeler circulated an order that would eliminate the Commission’s network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules.  As Chairman Wheeler explained, these 50-year old rules are past their prime in light of the significant statutory and marketplace changes
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Team Telecom Reviews Need More Structure

September 18, 2015 - 02:18 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
The Commission has clarified our past broadcast foreign ownership restrictions and now needs to consider ways to take the next step. I have made the case previously that this means we must clearly permit greater foreign ownership in order to open the doors to new capital and opportunities for
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Steering into the Future with More Wi-Fi by Sharing the Upper 5 GHz Band

September 16, 2015 - 04:42 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner and Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
Earlier this year, we joined together to write about making more space for Wi-Fi by exploring sharing opportunities in the 5850-5925 MHz band, or 5.9 GHz band.  More unlicensed airwaves in this band could lead to lots of good things—more wireless hotspots, less network congestion,
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Fulfilling the Promise of Broadband

September 14, 2015 - 09:16 AM by Matt DelNero, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today marks the beginning of Lifeline Awareness Week 2015, when agencies and organizations across the country conduct outreach to eligible low-income households about the Lifeline program. It’s also worth pausing today to recognize the work that our partners in public utilities
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A Milestone in Expanding Broadband to Rural America

August 28, 2015 - 12:47 PM by Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Yesterday, the FCC reached a major milestone in its mission to connect rural America to robust broadband. Thursday was the deadline for some of the nation's largest phone companies to decide whether to accept "Phase II" funds from the FCC's Connect America Fund to expand broadband to their
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