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Municipal Broadband: A Snapshot

January 30, 2015 - 03:32 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Those who wish to preempt state laws impacting municipal broadband networks often cite up to 21 states that have limitations or restrictions on such networks. A closer inspection of the specific state laws being criticized, however, offers a much different picture regarding the scope and
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Update on Advance Posting of Commission Meeting Items

January 16, 2015 - 02:53 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
In August, I wrote a blog post urging the Commission to post on its website the actual text of the items to be considered at our Open Meetings at the same time they are provided to Commissioners.  I made the suggestion because the inability of the public to obtain a complete picture of
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Back to Basics: Promoting Public Safety and Protecting Consumers

January 8, 2015 - 04:16 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This week, I’ve been at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting a sneak peak at the very latest gadgets and innovations. Enabling new technologies that delight consumers and grow our economy is one of the FCC’s top priorities. While the hottest tech trends may garner the
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New Consumer Help Center Is Designed To Empower Consumers, Streamline Complaint System

January 5, 2015 - 12:47 PM by Kris Monteith, Gigi B. Sohn and Diane Cornell
The first responsibility of the FCC is to represent consumers. Facilitating consumer interface with the Commission is a major component of that responsibility. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of a new online Consumer Help Center. The Consumer Help Center will make the FCC more
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Setting the Record Straight on Open Internet Comments

December 23, 2014 - 11:22 AM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, and Dr. David A. Bray, Chief Information Officer
Over the past week, there have been two reports raising questions about the number of Open Internet comments that were included in a set of XML files the FCC released to the public on October 22.  We made available these XML files so members of the public could analyze the approximately
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An Update on Process Reform Streamlining Initiatives

December 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
In October, I provided an update on the FCC’s efforts to reduce our backlogs.   As 2014 draws to a close, I want to provide an update on another key reform objective:  streamlining the Commission’s processes.  We have had several working groups as well as staff
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Closing the 911 Location Accuracy Gap

December 17, 2014 - 06:01 PM by Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Earlier this year, the Commission proposed rules to help first responders better locate indoor wireless 911 callers. The reason was clear: the vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. This puts American
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On Risks, Breaking Past the Status Quo, and IT Transformation

December 15, 2014 - 04:01 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
As the FCC presses forward with our plans to transform our IT systems, the question of risk is an important one. Doing anything new inherently is risky. All too often it is easier for folks to say the status quo is good enough, the challenges are too high to overcome, or there's no way to
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Making Good on the Promise of Independent Minority Ownership of Television Stations

December 4, 2014 - 01:52 PM by Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Increasing minority ownership of television broadcast stations has been an often-stated, but elusive goal.  While there is widespread agreement on the need for progress, there has been very little by way of new ideas to solve the twin problems of access and opportunity.  For several
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Closing the Digital Divide in Rural America

November 20, 2014 - 03:39 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
High-speed Internet access has become fundamental to modern life, whether we’re on the job, at home, or going to school. Broadband connectivity can overcome geographic isolation and put a world of information and economic opportunity at the fingertips of citizens in even the most remote
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