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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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Working Together to Close the Rural Digital Divide

April 17, 2015 - 02:32 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Over the last few years, the FCC has made significant progress modernizing its universal service programs to make broadband available to all Americans. Importantly, the FCC in 2011 unanimously voted to transform the USF high-cost program for the large “price cap” carriers into the
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Direct Video Communication: Access for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Disabled in an IP World

April 14, 2015 - 02:27 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
A few months ago, I received a note from a woman in New Mexico, recounting her recent experience in making a 911 call. She had fallen in her home, alone, badly hurt and bleeding.  She dialed 911, reached an emergency center, an ambulance was dispatched and she was taken to a medical
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Serving America's Public Safety Telecommunicators

April 14, 2015 - 10:35 AM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
This week (April 12-18) is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, when the nation recognizes the dedicated men and women who answer Americans’ calls for help at 911 centers across the country.  These call takers and dispatchers provide the first critical contact for
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