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Fixing a Problem with the Hearing Aid Compatibility Mandate

November 30, 2015 - 05:00 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Today's wireless handsets are immensely powerful. By combining advanced communications functionalities with mobility, consumers are able to expand their connectedness and improve productivity, which eases everyday burdens. These benefits, however, can be limited for those consumers who face
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A Dialogue on E-rate Pricing Data

November 16, 2015 - 12:48 PM by Jonathan Chambers, Lisa Hone and Jon Wilkins
As part of the E-rate Modernization Order adopted last year, the Commission decided to increase pricing transparency in the E-rate program by making information publicly available regarding services and equipment purchased by schools and libraries, including line-item costs. To that
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Rethinking Outdated Voice Regulations

November 12, 2015 - 02:09 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
With old school switched access telephone service on a steep decline, accounting for an ever smaller proportion of total voice connections, it may come as a surprise that the FCC continues to regulate incumbent telephone companies as “dominant” providers. While it is true that incumbents
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Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates

November 12, 2015 - 12:09 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
This week marked the closing of the reply comment period in the Commission’s radio device approval modernization rulemaking. The comments and replies are largely supportive of the Commission’s proposals, but one particular element generated thousands of comments from individuals concerned
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Back to Basics: Accessibility and Public Safety

October 29, 2015 - 03:50 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
November will mark my second anniversary as FCC Chairman. On this occasion, our open meeting agenda reflects the very same priorities I spoke about on my first day. From the outset I’ve spoken about the Commission’s responsibility to uphold the core values that have historically defined our
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Detroit’s Digital Divide

October 27, 2015 - 01:43 PM by Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
It’s always good to get out of Washington. It’s even better when you get to visit one of America’s great cities. This week, we have had the pleasure of visiting the Motor City: Detroit, Michigan. In the mid-20th century, Detroit’s economy got a boost from a new network of
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Decision Time on the Incentive Auction

October 16, 2015 - 03:57 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Today wraps up an important week for the Incentive Auction with the release of two critical items: the Application Procedures Public Notice and the final opening bid prices for broadcast stations. Earlier today Chairman Wheeler called this a “watershed moment” for auction participants, and
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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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