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Aiding Japan Disaster Relief Fundraising Efforts

March 16, 2011 - 02:39 PM by William Lake, Chief of the Media Bureau
While there have been other disasters during our lifetime, few are of the magnitude Japan is experiencing.  Over the weeks and months to come, much help will be needed to rebuild the lives of those affected by the continuing devastation the earthquake and tsunami have caused.  To
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Making Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation Reform Happen

March 15, 2011 - 11:58 AM by Julius Genachowski, Michael Copps, Robert McDowell, Mignon Clyburn, Meredith Baker – FCC Commissioners
When we voted unanimously to approve the USF/ICC Transformation NPRM last month, each of us made clear that we are committed to reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) system, and to doing so as soon as possible. We must eliminate waste and
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App Accessibility: Are We at a Tipping Point?

March 11, 2011 - 02:33 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Everyone is always talking about some new app, and I simply can’t keep up!Recently, I ran across something called the “iPhone App Directory.” The British magazine, now in its sixth issue, reviews, rates and lists download costs for apps.  I was curious to see how many of the 947
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FCC Files Court Motions Opposing Premature Challenges to Open Internet Order

January 28, 2011 - 01:00 PM by Austin Schlick, General Counsel
The rules that govern when and how parties may challenge FCC orders are clear, and Verizon and MetroPCS filed too early when they challenged the Open Internet order.Today, the FCC filed several motions with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking that court to
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The Broadband Economy: A New Land of Opportunity

January 1, 2011 - 12:31 PM by Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
The role that high-speed Internet plays in peoples' lives, in our quest for knowledge, in our economy and in our democracy exceeds even the wildest dreams that people had 15 years
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The FCC and First Year of Open Government

December 7, 2010 - 05:41 PM by Steven VanRoekel, Managing Director
In the modern federal landscape, the FCC finds itself increasingly at the intersection of technology, law, and citizen participation. It's a challenging place to be—these arenas change quickly, and move in ways that advancements in one ripple out and can change the others. But the opportunity
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Strengthening Accessibility through Global Coordination

November 24, 2010 - 12:53 PM by Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
In 2006, the United Nations agreed on the language of a treaty known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The treaty is going through a process of signing and ratification among many countries. In 2009, President Obama signed it in honor of the 19th anniversary
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Popular Science's '100 Best Innovations of the Year'

November 19, 2010 - 03:45 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Geek Alert! Popular Science is out with its annual 100 Best Innovations of the Year. Reliability cool any year, this year's list is also notable for a number of innovations that stand to make technology more accessible and lives easier for the disabled.A few of my personal favorites:Prosthetic
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The Gold Rush in Kansas

November 19, 2010 - 01:00 PM by Pam Gregory, Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
They’re going for the gold in Kansas, with plans to make broadband available to everyone in the Sunflower State.I recently was fortunate enough to witness this gold rush first-hand by attending the Kansas Broadband Summit, where current state of broadband deployment was discussed, as well as
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Wrapping up Open Developer Day

November 12, 2010 - 05:12 PM by Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
On Monday, November 11, the FCC successfully held (we think) a first-of-its-kind event in the U.S. federal government! FCC Open Developer Day attracted about 100 web developers and other technology professionals to our headquarters building in Washington. We spent a day learning about open
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