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Sound Principles for Lifeline Reform

February 13, 2015 - 03:51 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Over the last few years, the Commission has taken action to reform each of its universal service distribution programs to refocus them on broadband. The only program outstanding is the Low-Income or "Lifeline" program. Given recent pronouncements, I expect some changes to Lifeline in the
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The 'Wonders' of Video Description Technology

February 13, 2015 - 01:47 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
A few months ago, Stevie Wonder visited the FCC to talk about how we can harness the power of technology to make performance art more accessible.  At that time, I discovered that Mr. Wonder would be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.  When he urged the FCC to raise
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Wireless Providers Fulfill Commitment to let Consumers Unlock Mobile Phones

February 11, 2015 - 02:40 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
One year ago, the FCC announced a voluntary commitment among a number of mobile wireless service providers to adopt policies that allow their customers to switch networks while keeping their existing devices – a process called cell phone unlocking.  That commitment came with a
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Delegated Authority: Serious Objections and Solutions

February 2, 2015 - 03:47 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
I am fortunate to work at an agency with incredibly dedicated and talented staff.  The vast majority of personnel at the FCC are hardworking public servants, intent on conscientiously carrying out our work overseeing the communications industry.  The Daily Digest shows how much they
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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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