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Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates

November 12, 2015 - 12:09 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
This week marked the closing of the reply comment period in the Commission’s radio device approval modernization rulemaking. The comments and replies are largely supportive of the Commission’s proposals, but one particular element generated thousands of comments from individuals concerned
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Back to Basics: Accessibility and Public Safety

October 29, 2015 - 03:50 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
November will mark my second anniversary as FCC Chairman. On this occasion, our open meeting agenda reflects the very same priorities I spoke about on my first day. From the outset I’ve spoken about the Commission’s responsibility to uphold the core values that have historically defined our
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Your Feedback is Building a Better

October 9, 2015 - 11:00 AM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
You spoke; we listened. Since our last update on our modernization project, we built a new Beta (i.e. test) version of based on your input, and we need your feedback again. Building upon the foundation of extensive user research done earlier this year – and coupled with
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Securing RF Devices Amid Changing Technology

October 8, 2015 - 03:56 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
This summer, the Commission opened a rulemaking proceeding with the goal of modernizing our approval process for radio devices to help us keep pace with the accelerating introduction of an ever-expanding breadth of wireless devices and products into the marketplace. The proposed rules will
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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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