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FCC Releases New Incentive Auction Repacking Information

July 22, 2013 - 05:23 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology
Today, the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice that seeks input on certain data and updated computer software relevant to the repacking component of the upcoming incentive auction. Repacking is one of three major components of the FCC’s incentive auction, along
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FCC Hosts TechGirls

July 16, 2013 - 06:13 PM by Anita Dey , Senior Regional Specialist for Asia and Lead, Women’s Initiative, International Bureau
On July 11, we were delighted to welcome four ambitious girls from the Middle East and North Africa who are participating in the State Department’s TechGirls exchange program. Lina Benamer from Libya, Hafssa Kouskous from Morocco, Seba Salim from Yemen, and Assia Zemir from Algeria
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Hitting the Ground Running with the Lifeline Accountability Database

June 20, 2013 - 09:53 AM by Kimberly Scardino, Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Nearly 600 participants logged onto our webinar yesterday demonstrating a key component of our comprehensive reforms to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the FCC’s Lifeline program: the National Lifeline Accountability Database.  The database will ensure compliance with one
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Encouraging the Growth of Women’s Technical Talent

April 25, 2013 - 10:49 AM by Monique Jeanne Morrow, Cisco
I am a proud engineer and technologist, but it has not been an easy journey as a woman in a sea of men. Therefore, I am glad that there is a growing global movement to encourage female technical talent. Recent data shows that there is a business imperative to hire more women: Over a
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An Update: Driving Innovation and Reforms from the International Bureau

April 23, 2013 - 12:28 PM by Mindel De La Torre , International Bureau Chief
The Commission recently adopted the Second Report and Order on Foreign Ownership (“Order”) to overhaul and streamline the way it reviews foreign ownership of U.S. wireless companies under sections 310(b)(3) and (b)(4) of the Communications Act.  These reforms will dramatically
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Women in Information, Communications, and Technology Twitter Chat

April 2, 2013 - 07:45 PM by Brittany L. Stevenson and Deanna N. K. Stephens, FCC New Media
On March 28, in celebration of Women’s History month, the FCC hosted a twitter chat focusing on Women in Information Communications and Technology (ICT).  The four panelists come from various sections of ICT: Ann Gallagher, Electronics; Engineer at the FCC; Rachel
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3…2…1…EveryoneOn! Connect2Compete and the Ad Council Launch New Digital Literacy Campaign

March 21, 2013 - 11:07 AM by Kevin Almasy and Maya Uppaluru, Public Private Initiatives
March 21 marks the launch of “EveryoneOn,” a nationwide public education campaign to help all Americans access technology through free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed Internet, and low-cost computers.In the 21st century workforce, it has never been more important to possess
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Spectrum Available for Mobile Broadband How the U.S. Stacks Up and Challenges Ahead

February 26, 2013 - 05:32 PM by Ruth Milkman, Chief, WTB and Julius Knapp, Chief, OET
Today the United States is recognized as a leader in mobile technology, including commercial deployments of LTE and development of mobile operating systems.  This leadership depends on our continuing to make additional spectrum available for licensed mobile broadband and unlicensed uses,
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Connect2Compete and HUD Team Up to Expand Digital Literacy Across the US

February 19, 2013 - 03:32 PM by Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Although broadband adoption has increased in recent years, one-third of the country is still without home access. With nearly 80-percent of teachers assigning Internet-based homework, a high-speed connection to complete school assignments is a necessity, not an option. We need to ensure that
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FCC and Public-Private Partners Launch Smartphone Security Checker to Help Consumers Protect Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

December 17, 2012 - 03:33 PM by Jordan Usdan & Kevin Almasy, Public Private Initiatives
More than 20 million Americans will unwrap a new mobile device this holiday season, but most smartphone users admit they don’t know how to protect themselves from mobile security threats. With mobile cyber attacks increasing every year (threats increased 367% in 2011), it’s important that
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