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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The Time Has Come to End Outdated Broadcasting Exclusivity Rules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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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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