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Delegated Authority: Serious Objections and Solutions

February 2, 2015 - 03:47 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
I am fortunate to work at an agency with incredibly dedicated and talented staff.  The vast majority of personnel at the FCC are hardworking public servants, intent on conscientiously carrying out our work overseeing the communications industry.  The Daily Digest shows how much they
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Municipal Broadband: A Snapshot

January 30, 2015 - 03:32 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Those who wish to preempt state laws impacting municipal broadband networks often cite up to 21 states that have limitations or restrictions on such networks. A closer inspection of the specific state laws being criticized, however, offers a much different picture regarding the scope and
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A New Year’s Resolution: Using Broadband to Get Healthy and Stay Well

January 30, 2015 - 10:57 AM by Dr. Chris Gibbons, FCC Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
It’s that time of year again . . . resolution time. You often hear that people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits. From eating better to being more active, we all tend to see the New Year as a way to make a fresh (and healthy) start. But sometimes convenience is a
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Putting Auction 97 in the History Books

January 29, 2015 - 12:18 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The bidding in Auction 97 – the AWS-3 auction – has concluded. There will be a lot of discussion about the results over the days, weeks and months ahead, and rightly so – this was an historic auction. Although winning bidders must still make payments and submit applications
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Back to Basics: Promoting Public Safety and Protecting Consumers

January 8, 2015 - 04:16 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This week, I’ve been at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting a sneak peak at the very latest gadgets and innovations. Enabling new technologies that delight consumers and grow our economy is one of the FCC’s top priorities. While the hottest tech trends may garner the
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Notes from the Sandbox - The Rural Broadband Experiment Auction Results

December 24, 2014 - 09:10 AM by Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Recently, the FCC released a full list of bidders in the Rural Broadband Experiment auction, collected information from the low bidders on that list, and released a notice providing an opportunity for those who bid to indicate by January 6 their interest in continuing with the Rural Broadband
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Setting the Record Straight on Open Internet Comments

December 23, 2014 - 11:22 AM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, and Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Over the past week, there have been two reports raising questions about the number of Open Internet comments that were included in a set of XML files the FCC released to the public on October 22.  We made available these XML files so members of the public could analyze the approximately
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An Update on Process Reform Streamlining Initiatives

December 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
In October, I provided an update on the FCC’s efforts to reduce our backlogs.   As 2014 draws to a close, I want to provide an update on another key reform objective:  streamlining the Commission’s processes.  We have had several working groups as well as staff
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Closing the 911 Location Accuracy Gap

December 17, 2014 - 06:01 PM by Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Earlier this year, the Commission proposed rules to help first responders better locate indoor wireless 911 callers. The reason was clear: the vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. This puts American
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Making Good on the Promise of Independent Minority Ownership of Television Stations

December 4, 2014 - 01:52 PM by Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Increasing minority ownership of television broadcast stations has been an often-stated, but elusive goal.  While there is widespread agreement on the need for progress, there has been very little by way of new ideas to solve the twin problems of access and opportunity.  For several
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