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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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A Draft Pirate Radio Policy and Enforcement Statement

September 24, 2015 - 12:12 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
This past summer, when the Commission was considering an order to close several of the Enforcement Bureau’s field offices and reduce field agent positions, a number of entities raised concerns about how this reorganization would impact our efforts to combat pirate radio. It was hard to
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The Time Has Come to End Outdated Broadcasting Exclusivity Rules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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Steering into the Future with More Wi-Fi by Sharing the Upper 5 GHz Band

September 16, 2015 - 04:42 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner and Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
Earlier this year, we joined together to write about making more space for Wi-Fi by exploring sharing opportunities in the 5850-5925 MHz band, or 5.9 GHz band.  More unlicensed airwaves in this band could lead to lots of good things—more wireless hotspots, less network congestion,
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Next Steps on the Road to the Incentive Auction

August 20, 2015 - 01:56 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Earlier this month, the Commission adopted the Incentive Auction Bidding Procedures Public Notice, which sets March 29, 2016 as the start date of the first-ever incentive auction.  This fall, staff will release detailed information on the application process and announce the reverse
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International Coordination with Canada for a Successful Incentive Auction

August 14, 2015 - 12:42 PM by Gary Epstein, Incentive Auction Task Force Chair, and Mindel DelaTorre, International Bureau Chief
Today we are pleased to announce that we concluded another critical step in our efforts to harmonize our TV and wireless spectrum bands with Canada in preparation for the 2016 Incentive Auction.  This follows the similar results we reached with Mexico last month.   FCC and Industry
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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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