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Lessons of the 2014 Plenipot

November 17, 2014 - 02:33 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Last month, I was honored to join FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2014 International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference (Plenipot) held in Busan, South Korea.  Since the conference recently concluded, it seems the appropriate
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Taking the Next Step in E-rate Modernization

November 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM by Jon Wilkins, Managing Director
Today, Chairman Wheeler announced that he will be circulating a draft order to his fellow Commissioners for consideration at the December Commission Meeting to take the next step in his comprehensive effort to modernize the E-rate program. If you recall, the Commission adopted an Order in July
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Introducing FCC Distinguished Health IT Scholar, Dr. Chris Gibbons

November 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
The American scientist and inventor Edwin Land once said, “don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.”  (You may recall that Land co-founded the Polaroid Corporation, which revolutionized instant photography.) Connecting everyone,
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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 03:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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Learning from the Rural Broadband Experiments

October 29, 2014 - 01:39 PM by Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week, the Wireline Competition Bureau opened the application filing window for parties interested in participating in the Commission’s rural broadband experiments.  Already we have seen activity in the online system we are using to accept the applications, with many entities
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Tech Transitions, Video, and the Future

October 28, 2014 - 02:48 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch.  The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs.  Today the FCC takes the first
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Looking for the Best Approach to Preserve the Open Internet

October 27, 2014 - 04:21 PM by Jon Sallet, Roger Sherman, and Julie Veach
Earlier this month, the Commission held the last in its series of six Open Internet Roundtables.  At each one of these roundtables—totaling over 20 hours— panelists with diverse viewpoints dove into many of the thorniest issues in this proceeding, responding to questions from
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FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

October 22, 2014 - 04:07 PM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
**This blog has been updated as of 12/23/2014 to refelect the following: Corrected December 23, 2014: The number of comments received during the reply comment period was initially reported erroneously in this post as 725,169 comments received through ECFS and CSV file uploads and another
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Harmful Consumer Wireless Behavior and Practices

October 14, 2014 - 05:45 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Today’s wireless devices are amazing tools that empower people. Our wireless phones, smartphones, tablets, phablets and more allow us to seamlessly communicate, as well as take advantage of all Internet features and functions.  As a result, we have integrated these wireless
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An Update on Process Reform Efforts to Reduce Backlog

October 9, 2014 - 03:31 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Office of the Chairman
Since the release of the Report on FCC Process Reform last February, the dedicated staff here at the Commission has been hard at work on implementing the report’s recommendations.  One area of particular focus has been tackling matters that have been considered backlogged, and
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