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Tools for PSAPs

September 28, 2015 - 01:23 PM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
As we come to the end of September, National Preparedness Month, I'd like to highlight two tools that Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – America's 911 operations centers – can use: one to alert their communities, and the other to alert the FCC to local public safety communications
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Ensuring the Resiliency of Our Communications Infrastructure

August 27, 2015 - 12:57 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Imagine a community with tens of thousands of residents suffering a communications blackout for more than 48 hours. Not only were residents unable to send emails or make phone calls, their banking system shut down, leaving people unable to make credit card transactions or withdraw money from an
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Seizing the Opportunities of Unlicensed Spectrum and Wireless Microphones

July 16, 2015 - 04:30 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
From the outset of our work to implement the world’s first Incentive Auction, a central goal has been to maximize the amount of spectrum made available for not only licensed use, but also unlicensed use. Unlicensed spectrum has been powerful platform for driving innovation, investment,
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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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Reaffirming Cross-Border Relations

June 19, 2015 - 12:13 PM by Mindel DeLaTorre, International Bureau Chief
Earlier this month, I traveled to Mexico as part of a U.S. Government delegation – including the FCC and Departments of State and Commerce – attending the first high-level spectrum discussion since Mexico established the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT). We were warmly
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Welcome Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council V Members

June 15, 2015 - 02:36 PM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Today the FCC announced that the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (or “CSRIC”) has been re-chartered for two more years and also announced the members of the new CSRIC. CSRIC is a federal advisory committee that provides recommendations to the FCC on
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Standing Down for Tower Climber Safety

May 15, 2015 - 05:11 PM by Roger Sherman, Chief, and Michael Janson, Associate Chief, Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Over the past two weeks, millions of workers across the country have participated in a National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.  This voluntary annual event, coordinated by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is an
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Using Technology to Enhance Rail Safety

May 15, 2015 - 09:46 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Like the rest of the nation, we are deeply saddened by this week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. We send our condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and our gratitude to the first responders for their efforts. As National Transportation Safety Board
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The Accessible Technology Challenges Facing Millennials

May 6, 2015 - 03:13 PM by Jamal Mazrui , Director, FCC Accessibility and Innovation Initiative
Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced proposals to move the Commission forward on two important communications access issues for Americans with disabilities.  It is a primary objective of the Commission to strive toward better access to information and communication technology for
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Serving America's Public Safety Telecommunicators

April 14, 2015 - 10:35 AM by Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
This week (April 12-18) is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, when the nation recognizes the dedicated men and women who answer Americans’ calls for help at 911 centers across the country.  These call takers and dispatchers provide the first critical contact for
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