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Preventing Smart Phone Theft & Protecting Your Personal Information

April 8, 2015 - 01:41 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Combatting smart phone theft is a multi-faceted challenge that requires the efforts of and coordination among industry, consumers, law enforcement and others.  Part of the equation is enforcing the rules the FCC has in place today to protect private customer information.  Second, we
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Consider a New Way to Combat Pirate Radio Stations

April 8, 2015 - 10:43 AM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Everyone should agree that pirate radio stations – by any definition – are completely illegal.  Given other responsibilities and obligations, however, the Commission’s resources are stretched, and it seems that stopping pirate radio is not at the top of the priority
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FCC’s Pre-Adoption Process Also Needs Work

April 1, 2015 - 12:55 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
I am pleased that the Chairman has now initiated a new Process Review Task Force, and there is much to do.  Working with my colleagues and staff, we need to undertake a holistic review and make necessary and meaningful changes to promote fair, open, and efficient procedures that complement
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Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band: Creating a New Citizens Broadband Radio Service

March 27, 2015 - 03:51 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Five years ago, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a report identifying possible spectrum bands for reallocation for commercial uses. In the report, it identified the 3550-3650 MHz band as a potential opportunity for future commercial use. At the time, there
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USF High-Cost Program: Best and Realistic Timelines

March 24, 2015 - 01:27 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
According to the FCC's most recent report, nearly 14 million Americans lack any access to fixed broadband. In an effort to remedy this, in 2011, the Commission established the Connect America Fund (CAF) within the USF high-cost program to provide federal universal service support to private
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Fixing Flawed and Non-Existent “Editorial Privileges”

March 9, 2015 - 03:58 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Maybe the only good thing to come from the Commission’s net neutrality proceeding is that it shined a spotlight on a dark corner of FCC process: the flawed procedure for finalizing and releasing Commission documents after they are voted on by the Commission at an Open Meeting.  Those
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The Process of Governance: The FCC & the Open Internet Order

March 2, 2015 - 03:22 PM by Jon Sallet, General Counsel
The Commission’s recent adoption of new Open Internet rules has received unprecedented attention and, along with national debate about the outcomes, has generated significant interest in the process by which the FCC, like other independent regulatory agencies, creates rules. In
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Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 01:44 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
This week, March 1-7, 2015, the FCC is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), joining with a coalition of more than 85 consumer advocacy groups and federal, state and local government agencies in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection. Together
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Good News for Consumers, Innovators and Financial Markets

February 26, 2015 - 12:05 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Thank you to the over four million Americans who participated in the Open Internet proceeding. Thanks to them, this decision on Internet openness was itself the most open proceeding in the history of the FCC. As a result, the FCC today has taken an important step that should reassure
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Driving Wi-Fi Ahead: the Upper 5 GHz Band

February 23, 2015 - 05:02 PM by Michael O’Rielly, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioners
Today’s Wi-Fi spectrum bands are wildly popular.  But with more and more people and devices taking advantage of this technology, these bands are getting congested.  It reminds us of the famous Yogi Berra quote, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too
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