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September 10, 2012 - 04:53 PM by Kris Monteith, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Acting Bureau Chief
Imagine for a moment what your life would be like without a phone, corded or wireless. How would you contact emergency services if there was a fire or a serious injury? How would you contact a potential new employer, or keep in touch with a current one? How would you contact your utility
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APCO International 78th Annual Conference FCC Regulatory Panel

August 30, 2012 - 05:26 PM by David S. Turetsky , Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Review Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief David Turetsky's speech & from the APCO International 78th Annual Conference FCC Regulatory Panel & learn about latest development to improve Next Generation 911 systems."I am happy to be here with you. I'm married to a Minnesotan
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FCC Holds 2-Day Workshop to Advance Accessible Technology Development

August 30, 2012 - 11:36 AM by Jamal Mazrui , Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
To address the challenge of providing accessible solutions that often lag behind rapid technology advances, the FCC is hosting a free workshop for developers Sept. 6-7 at its headquarters in Washington. The two-day event – “Developing with Accessibility” (DevAcc) – is designed to spur
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National PC Donation and Recycling Drive to Address the Digital Divide

August 21, 2012 - 02:56 PM by Jordan Usdan and Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
Owning a computer and gaining access to the Internet is not a luxury, but a necessity in today's world. The digital divide is growing as Americans who are "offline" cannot fully participate in the digital economy and are left behind in important areas such as education and health care. Yet,
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Digital Firsts

August 15, 2012 - 12:52 PM by David Robbins, Managing Director
Three years ago this week, the Federal Communications Commission joined the Twitterverse with our handle @FCC.   A few hours after sending our first Tweet, we used Twitter to announce our entry into the blogosphere: “FCC launches first-ever blog, called ’Blogband,’ to
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White House Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

August 2, 2012 - 02:52 PM by Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Last week, I was honored to represent the Federal Communications Commission at the White House’s observation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 22nd anniversary.  Kareem Dale, the Special Advisor to the President on Disabilities Issues, opened the event, and Valerie
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FCC Chairman Announces Jobs-Focused Digital Literacy Partnership Between Connect2Compete and the 2,800 American Job Centers

July 23, 2012 - 05:53 PM by Jordan Usdan and Kevin Almasy, Public-Private Initiatives
We know today’s job market is more competitive than ever, but trying to find a job without knowing how to use the Internet is becoming nearly impossible.  Over 80% of Fortune 500 companies, from Target to Wal-Mart, require online job applications.  In the next decade, it is
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The Gender Gap in Mobile and Internet Access in the Developing World

July 23, 2012 - 02:38 PM by Ann Mei Chang, Department of State Senior Advisor for Women and Technology
We have seen evidence over and over again that investing in women and girls is one of the most direct and effective ways to produce economic and social progress.  We have also seen how information and communication technologies (or ICT) have accelerated the pace of change by introducing
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Thoughts on the Digital Government Strategy

May 24, 2012 - 05:47 PM by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer
On a regular basis, I find myself working with increasingly bigger datasets, and investigating increasingly more complicated patterns. However, as data gets bigger and more complicated, government IT budgets are getting smaller. At the same time, the public expects government to quickly provide
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FCC.GOV Redesign: One year later…

May 22, 2012 - 01:50 PM by FCC New Media Team
A little more than a year ago, the FCC launched its first website redesign in nearly a decade. Building a website that serves many audiences is a complex challenge. And it is a challenge best met in partnership with the site’s frequent users. Included with the launch were prompts inviting our
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