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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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New Consumer Help Center Is Designed To Empower Consumers, Streamline Complaint System

January 5, 2015 - 12:47 PM by Kris Monteith, Gigi B. Sohn and Diane Cornell
The first responsibility of the FCC is to represent consumers. Facilitating consumer interface with the Commission is a major component of that responsibility. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of a new online Consumer Help Center. The Consumer Help Center will make the FCC more
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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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Closing the Digital Divide in Rural America

November 20, 2014 - 03:39 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
High-speed Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, whether we’re on the job, at home, or going to school. Broadband connectivity can overcome geographic isolation and put a world of information and economic opportunity at the fingertips of citizens in even the most remote
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Lessons of the 2014 Plenipot

November 17, 2014 - 02:33 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Last month, I was honored to join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2014 International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (Plenipot) held in Busan, South Korea.  Since the conference recently concluded, it seems the appropriate
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Taking the Next Step in E-rate Modernization

November 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Today, Chairman Wheeler announced that he will be circulating a draft order to his fellow Commissioners for consideration at the December Commission Meeting to take the next step in his comprehensive effort to modernize the E-rate program. If you recall, the Commission adopted an Order in July
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Taking Broadcaster Outreach on the Road

November 13, 2014 - 09:39 AM by Howard Symons, Vice Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force
Last month marked a major milestone in our ongoing effort to educate broadcasters about the opportunities afford by the first-ever incentive auction. We sent an information package, prepared by the investment banking firm Greenhill and Co. for the FCC, to the owners of every station eligible to
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