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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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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
On Friday the FCC unanimously voted to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band. This action will create a 150-megahertz band suitable for wireless broadband, including 100 megahertz previously unavailable for commercial use because it was earmarked for military radars.
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Modernizing the Website

April 20, 2015 - 01:14 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
In August, the FCC team began a six-month research and design project to dramatically improve the usability and functionality of and its subdomains. The outcome of these collaborative efforts resulted in an interactive prototype of what the improved will look like, as well as an
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Direct Video Communication: Access for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Disabled in an IP World

April 14, 2015 - 02:27 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
A few months ago, I received a note from a woman in New Mexico, recounting her recent experience in making a 911 call. She had fallen in her home, alone, badly hurt and bleeding.  She dialed 911, reached an emergency center, an ambulance was dispatched and she was taken to a medical
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