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Another Step Toward Fairness in Inmate Calling Services

September 30, 2015 - 12:46 PM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
Over two years ago, the FCC adopted an Order reforming rates for inmate calling services, easing the burden of exorbitant charges for millions of families. This change was a long time coming. The journey began in 2003 when Mrs. Martha Wright, a retired nurse from Washington, D.C., came before
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Steering into the Future with More Wi-Fi by Sharing the Upper 5 GHz Band

September 16, 2015 - 04:42 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner and Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
Earlier this year, we joined together to write about making more space for Wi-Fi by exploring sharing opportunities in the 5850-5925 MHz band, or 5.9 GHz band.  More unlicensed airwaves in this band could lead to lots of good things—more wireless hotspots, less network congestion,
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Fulfilling the Promise of Broadband

September 14, 2015 - 09:16 AM by Matt DelNero, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Today marks the beginning of Lifeline Awareness Week 2015, when agencies and organizations across the country conduct outreach to eligible low-income households about the Lifeline program. It’s also worth pausing today to recognize the work that our partners in public utilities
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Update on FCC's IT Upgrades

September 8, 2015 - 06:05 AM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC CIO
Over Labor Day weekend, a dedicated FCC team worked day and night to complete major IT upgrades. This work included physically moving more than 200 different legacy servers out of FCC's headquarters to a commercial service provider. Why the move? Over the last several years, the FCC has
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OCBO Promotes Greater Supplier Diversity

August 21, 2015 - 11:51 AM by Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner
On Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the morning sessions of the Federal Communications Commission’s Fourth Supplier Diversity Conference, which highlighted the importance of these efforts in the communications industry.  The FCC’s Office of Communications Business
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Next Steps on the Road to the Incentive Auction

August 20, 2015 - 01:56 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Earlier this month, the Commission adopted the Incentive Auction Bidding Procedures Public Notice, which sets March 29, 2016 as the start date of the first-ever incentive auction.  This fall, staff will release detailed information on the application process and announce the reverse
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In the First Person: A Broadband Journey with Diabetes

August 4, 2015 - 03:38 PM by Tesch West, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
During the last year, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force has had the privilege of meeting and learning from some remarkable people who are overcoming incredible health odds and embracing broadband health solutions along the way. We share one such experience from a young diabetes advocate below -
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International Cooperation with Mexico for a Successful Incentive Auction

July 24, 2015 - 03:35 PM by Mindel DeLaTorre, International Bureau Chief, and Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
Coordinating with Mexico and Canada to harmonize our TV and wireless spectrum bands is a critical component of meeting the Commission’s goals for the Incentive Auction. We are thrilled to be able to report some exciting progress on this front. Last week, the Mexican communications
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Update on Process Reform at the FCC

July 13, 2015 - 01:18 PM by Diane Cornell, Special Counsel, Chairman’s Office
In early 2014, we embarked on an ambitious initiative to improve how we do business at the Commission with the release of the Process Reform Report.  The 154 recommendations in the report focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of how the agency conducts business, handling
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Advancing Technology Transitions by Protecting Consumers, Competition and Public Safety in an IP-World

July 10, 2015 - 11:30 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The transition to efficient, modern communications networks is bringing new and innovative services to consumers and businesses. The Commission’s approach to these technology transitions is simple: the shift to next-generation fiber and IP-based networks from analog switch- and
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