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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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Preventing Smart Phone Theft & Protecting Your Personal Information

April 8, 2015 - 01:41 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Combatting smart phone theft is a multi-faceted challenge that requires the efforts of and coordination among industry, consumers, law enforcement and others.  Part of the equation is enforcing the rules the FCC has in place today to protect private customer information.  Second, we
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Celebrating National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 01:44 PM by Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
This week, March 1-7, 2015, the FCC is celebrating National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), joining with a coalition of more than 85 consumer advocacy groups and federal, state and local government agencies in a coordinated campaign to help raise awareness about consumer protection. Together
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Back to Basics: Promoting Public Safety and Protecting Consumers

January 8, 2015 - 04:16 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This week, I’ve been at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas getting a sneak peak at the very latest gadgets and innovations. Enabling new technologies that delight consumers and grow our economy is one of the FCC’s top priorities. While the hottest tech trends may garner the
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Closing the 911 Location Accuracy Gap

December 17, 2014 - 06:01 PM by Admiral David Simpson, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Earlier this year, the Commission proposed rules to help first responders better locate indoor wireless 911 callers. The reason was clear: the vast majority of 911 calls are from mobile phones, and we are not where we need to be on location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. This puts American
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Technology Transitions: Consumers Matter Most

October 31, 2014 - 03:19 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This past January, the Commission unanimously adopted an order to speed technology transitions for the benefit of consumers.  How?  By assuring that technology transitions bring innovation while protecting the enduring values that consumers have come to expect from their networks,
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Safety and Broadband Must Go Hand in Hand

October 15, 2014 - 12:11 PM by Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor and Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The wireless industry is a powerful driver of growth in our economy. New facilities pop up all the time, giving the devices in our pockets and purses better service and faster broadband connections. Our country relies on these connections, but serving America's exploding demand for them
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