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A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans

May 28, 2015 - 01:25 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The Lifeline program was established in 1985 to help low-income Americans afford access to vital communications. Our nation’s enduring promise is opportunity for all, and helping financially struggling Americans access basic communications empowers individuals to pursue new opportunities
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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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Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2015 - 04:47 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
On Friday the FCC unanimously voted to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz Band. This action will create a 150-megahertz band suitable for wireless broadband, including 100 megahertz previously unavailable for commercial use because it was earmarked for military radars.
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Putting Auction 97 in the History Books

January 29, 2015 - 12:18 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The bidding in Auction 97 – the AWS-3 auction – has concluded. There will be a lot of discussion about the results over the days, weeks and months ahead, and rightly so – this was an historic auction. Although winning bidders must still make payments and submit applications
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Notes from the Sandbox - The Rural Broadband Experiment Auction Results

December 24, 2014 - 09:10 AM by Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
Recently, the FCC released a full list of bidders in the Rural Broadband Experiment auction, collected information from the low bidders on that list, and released a notice providing an opportunity for those who bid to indicate by January 6 their interest in continuing with the Rural Broadband
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Reflections on this week's ITU discussions

October 24, 2014 - 11:24 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Every four years, the International Telecommunication Union holds a Plenipotentiary Conference to address the strategic direction of the ITU on telecommunications issues. I have just spent several days in Busan, Korea at this year's conference, working side by side with other USG officials,
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Auction Season at the FCC

September 12, 2014 - 08:03 AM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau & Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
Preparations for the AWS-3 auction are ramping up. Applications must be submitted before 6pm ET today. The auction begins on November 13. Several government agencies have worked hard to make substantial information available to potential bidders in advance of this auction about the scope of
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Creating a “Model City” to test spectrum sharing technologies

July 11, 2014 - 02:39 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
Today, the FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology (OET) and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a Joint Public Notice that seeks input on the establishment of a “Model City” program to test advanced
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3.5 GHz: New Ideas in the “Innovation Band”

April 23, 2014 - 01:04 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau & Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
In a speech last month at the Brookings Institution, the Chairman issued a challenge – let’s confront change in spectrum policy and reorient our perspective from what was to what can be. Today, the Commission is leading by example. The Commission is issuing a detailed proposal for a
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Getting the Incentive Auction Right

April 18, 2014 - 12:32 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few FCC policies have generated more attention than the Incentive Auction. “Groundbreaking,” “revolutionary,” and “first-in-the-world” are just a few common descriptions of this innovative approach to making efficient, market-driven use of our spectrum resources. Such attention
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