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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The Time Has Come to End Outdated Broadcasting Exclusivity Rules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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OCBO Promotes Greater Supplier Diversity

August 21, 2015 - 11:51 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the morning sessions of the Federal Communications Commission’s Fourth Supplier Diversity Conference, which highlighted the importance of these efforts in the communications industry.  The FCC’s Office of Communications Business
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Next Steps on the Road to the Incentive Auction

August 20, 2015 - 01:56 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Earlier this month, the Commission adopted the Incentive Auction Bidding Procedures Public Notice, which sets March 29, 2016 as the start date of the first-ever incentive auction.  This fall, staff will release detailed information on the application process and announce the reverse
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International Coordination with Canada for a Successful Incentive Auction

August 14, 2015 - 12:42 PM by Gary Epstein, Incentive Auction Task Force Chair, and Mindel DelaTorre, International Bureau Chief
Today we are pleased to announce that we concluded another critical step in our efforts to harmonize our TV and wireless spectrum bands with Canada in preparation for the 2016 Incentive Auction.  This follows the similar results we reached with Mexico last month.   FCC and Industry
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Upgrading Media Rules to Better Serve Consumers in Today’s Video Marketplace

August 12, 2015 - 11:54 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
While summer may be hiatus for some television programs, here at the Commission we’ve been hard at work to ensure a more competitive video marketplace for American consumers. In December of last year, Congress passed bipartisan legislation known as the Satellite Television Extension and
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