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Revamping Predictive Judgments & Interim Rules

July 27, 2015 - 02:44 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
In addition to setting overall timelines for Commission review of agency rules, as I previously recommended, there are two agency practices that warrant re-evaluation:  where the agency relies on a “predictive judgment” to establish a policy or rule; and where the agency adopts
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Task Force on FCC Process

July 21, 2015 - 11:38 AM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Chairman’s office
I recently provided an update on the ongoing activities throughout the FCC to tackle the process reform recommendations from the Staff Working Group’s Report on FCC Process Reform from early 2014.  To complement these activities, a task force has recently been formed that includes
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Seizing the Opportunities of Unlicensed Spectrum and Wireless Microphones

July 16, 2015 - 04:30 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
From the outset of our work to implement the world’s first Incentive Auction, a central goal has been to maximize the amount of spectrum made available for not only licensed use, but also unlicensed use. Unlicensed spectrum has been powerful platform for driving innovation, investment,
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Update on Process Reform at the FCC

July 13, 2015 - 01:18 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Chairman’s Office
In early 2014, we embarked on an ambitious initiative to improve how we do business at the Commission with the release of the Process Reform Report.  The 154 recommendations in the report focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of how the agency conducts business, handling
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Advancing Technology Transitions by Protecting Consumers, Competition and Public Safety in an IP-World

July 10, 2015 - 11:30 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The transition to efficient, modern communications networks is bringing new and innovative services to consumers and businesses. The Commission’s approach to these technology transitions is simple: the shift to next-generation fiber and IP-based networks from analog switch- and
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Enhancing Competition and Opportunity in the Mobile Marketplace

June 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few areas of our economy hold more promise for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators than the wireless broadband sector. According to a Boston Consulting Group analysis, it already contributes $548 billion annually to U.S. GDP, and it is projected to account for 5 percent of our economy by
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Crafting Balanced Incentive Auction Rules in the Public Interest

June 17, 2015 - 04:26 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This Sunday marks the first day of summer, and what will be the critical season for finalizing key details for next year’s Incentive Auction.  This two-sided auction will use market forces to make available more low-band spectrum to meet the wireless broadband needs of consumers and
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Welcome Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council V Members

June 15, 2015 - 02:36 PM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Today the FCC announced that the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (or “CSRIC”) has been re-chartered for two more years and also announced the members of the new CSRIC. CSRIC is a federal advisory committee that provides recommendations to the FCC on
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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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