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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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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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Standing Down for Tower Climber Safety

May 15, 2015 - 05:11 PM by Roger Sherman, Chief, and Michael Janson, Associate Chief, Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Over the past two weeks, millions of workers across the country have participated in a National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  This voluntary annual event, coordinated by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is an
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Using Technology to Enhance Rail Safety

May 15, 2015 - 09:46 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Like the rest of the nation, we are deeply saddened by this week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. We send our condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and our gratitude to the first responders for their efforts. As National Transportation Safety Board
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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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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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