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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The Time Has Come to End Outdated Broadcasting Exclusivity Rules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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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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Modernizing the FCC’s IT

August 20, 2015 - 11:59 AM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
Our world and the technologies we use are changing rapidly. As such, the information technology used by the Federal Communications Commission must change as well. Over the past year, we have made significant progress to upgrade and modernize our infrastructure, and we continue to work on
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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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Revamping Predictive Judgments & Interim Rules

July 27, 2015 - 02:44 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
In addition to setting overall timelines for Commission review of agency rules, as I previously recommended, there are two agency practices that warrant re-evaluation:  where the agency relies on a “predictive judgment” to establish a policy or rule; and where the agency adopts
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