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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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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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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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Just Around the Broadband Bend

February 23, 2015 - 04:04 PM by P. Michele Ellison, Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
It's often said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  I had just such an experience when the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force went to Jackson and Sunflower County, Mississippi.  Our meetings, roundtables, and site
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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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FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

October 22, 2014 - 04:07 PM by Gigi B. Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman
**This blog has been updated as of 12/23/2014 to refelect the following: Corrected December 23, 2014: The number of comments received during the reply comment period was initially reported erroneously in this post as 725,169 comments received through ECFS and CSV file uploads and another
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Evolution in the Cellular Service

October 2, 2014 - 11:40 AM by Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
In the 1980s, the FCC launched the 800 MHz Cellular Service, the first “cell phone” spectrum band, sparking a worldwide mobile revolution.  Three decades later, Cellular has been, by any measure, an incredible success.  Using these frequencies, wireless operators have
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Exploring New Ideas for Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

September 22, 2014 - 12:29 PM by Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
Last week was a big one in the Commission’s quest for the best approach to protect and promote an Open Internet. Our public comment period ended on Monday . . . with more than 3.7 million comments and reply comments submitted by a public that is passionate about this issue. Many of
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An Additional Option for Filing Open Internet Comments

September 11, 2014 - 04:15 PM by Dr. David A. Bray, FCC Chief Information Officer
The volume of public feedback in the Open Internet proceeding has been commensurate with the importance of the effort to preserve a free and open Internet. The Commission is working to ensure that all comments are processed and that we have a full accounting of the number received as soon as
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Adding More Color to the E-rate Maps

August 20, 2014 - 11:28 AM by Eric Spry, Acting Geographic Information Officer
Today we are pleased to release our first update to the FCC E-rate Maps of Fiber Connectivity to Schools and Libraries reflecting feedback we have received from stakeholders. These valuable data from state programs, school districts, and Internet providers across the country have helped us turn
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