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Continuing Efforts to Measure and Report on Mobile Wireless Competition

May 29, 2015 - 12:09 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The Communications Act requires the submission to Congress each year of reports analyzing the state of competition in the mobile wireless industry. The Seventeenth Mobile Wireless Competition Report was released in December 2014. This report covered data from 2013 and the first half of 2014
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A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans

May 28, 2015 - 01:25 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The Lifeline program was established in 1985 to help low-income Americans afford access to vital communications. Our nation’s enduring promise is opportunity for all, and helping financially struggling Americans access basic communications empowers individuals to pursue new opportunities
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Another Win for Consumers

May 27, 2015 - 02:28 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few things rankle consumers as much as unwanted calls and texts. Thanks to the passage of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, consumers can choose which calls they want and do not want. Yet, in order to maintain those protections, we must continue to close loopholes and empower consumers.
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Driving Lifeline Updates With Data

May 22, 2015 - 01:10 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
As you may know, Lifeline was launched in 1985 to help ensure that land line phone service was affordable for low-income consumers. Congress ratified the program in 1996 and codified the principle that low-income consumers should have access to "advanced telecommunications and information
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Accountability for Enforcement Penalties & Fines

May 14, 2015 - 04:05 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
The Commission’s enforcement procedures and actions have been receiving attention of late, but there is a deficiency in the process that has not been mentioned.  To the extent that the Commission has rules in an area, applicable parties are required to comply.  Those who
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The Accessible Technology Challenges Facing Millennials

May 6, 2015 - 03:13 PM by Jamal Mazrui , Director, FCC Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced proposals to move the Commission forward on two important communications access issues for Americans with disabilities.  It is a primary objective of the Commission to strive toward better access to information and communication technology for
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Expanding Access to "Life-Changing" Technology

April 30, 2015 - 01:07 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
"I feel more equal, more independent. It changed my life" – Lori Siedman, Boston, Massachusetts "I just don’t have the words to explain how exciting this is for me and how very significant this is to me." – Rosetta Brown, Conyers, Georgia "I’ve been given a chance to be a
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AWS-3 Update: The Licensing Process Continues

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The AWS-3 auction was a blockbuster success – 1,611 new spectrum licenses, 31 winning bidders, and more than $41 billion in net revenues--not to mention that it made available an additional 65 megahertz of spectrum for consumers’ mobile broadband use.  The story of this
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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
On Friday the FCC unanimously voted to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band. This action will create a 150-megahertz band suitable for wireless broadband, including 100 megahertz previously unavailable for commercial use because it was earmarked for military radars.
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Modernizing the FCC.gov Website

April 20, 2015 - 01:14 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
In August, the FCC team began a six-month research and design project to dramatically improve the usability and functionality of FCC.gov and its subdomains. The outcome of these collaborative efforts resulted in an interactive prototype of what the improved FCC.gov will look like, as well as an
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