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Modernizing and Streamlining the Universal Service Fund

February 7th, 2011 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

This morning, Chairman Genachowski laid out a proposal to get broadband to rural America while cutting waste and inefficiency in two of the Commission's largest programs.

Universal service has been core to the FCC's mission since the Communications Act of 1934 created the agency and committed our nation to making vital communications services accessible to all. The Universal Service Fund helped connect virtually every American to our 20th century communications grid. But this program, along with Commission's closely related Intercarrier Compensation rules, have become riddled with waste and inefficiency and are not up to our nation's broadband challenge. Today, up to 24 million Americans have no access to broadband;fixed or mobile.

At tomorrow's meeting, the Commission will vote on the proposal to transform the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation rules from programs designed to support 20th Century voice networks to a force for expansion of 21st century fixed and mobile broadband and voice networks, while eliminating waste and inefficiency.

Read the full text of Chairman Genachowski's speech here.

July Open Commission Meeting: Thoughts from the Chairman

July 15th, 2010 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

The FCC held an Open Commission Meeting today to discuss expanding the reach and use of broadband by rural health care providers, increasing access and investment in mobile spectrum, and streamlining efficiency in the Electronic Tariff Filing System.

Chairman Genachowski shares his thoughts on today’s Open Commission Meeting below:

Former 9/11 Commission Chair Declares Support for Broadband Plan's Public Safety Recommendations

March 18th, 2010 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

Statement of Former 9/11 Commission Chair Thomas H. Kean and Former 9/11 Commission Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton
on the Federal Communication Commission's Approach to
Interoperable Communications Capabilities for Public Safety
The 9/11 Commission on which we served concluded that the absence of interoperable communications capabilities among public safety organizations at the local, state, and federal levels was a problem of the highest order.  Unfortunately, we have made little progress in solving this problem until now.  As our former colleagues Jamie Gorelick and Slade Gorton recently stated, the Federal Communications Commission's proposed plan offers a clear roadmap for finally reaching that goal.  It will provide public safety users throughout the country with access to wireless broadband capabilities that will enable them to communicate effectively across departments and jurisdictions, while encouraging public safety to partner with commercial providers and leverage the investments they already have made.  It also calls for the public funding that is needed to help build, operate, and maintain the public safety network.  The FCC's plan offers a realistic framework to move forward, and we hope that all stakeholders will work with the Commission to refine the plan as needed and make it a reality. 

Your Questions (and Answers) about the National Broadband Plan

March 17th, 2010 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

Immediately following the release of the National Broadband Plan, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sat down for a YouTube Interview to answer questions from the American people about the future of the Internet.

The interview was lead by Steve Grove, Director of News & Politics at YouTube, and was the second interview of its kind following the session with President Obama last month.

The questions were interesting and insightful, and drove discussion to the core issues facing the future of the Internet in America.

Thanks to all of you who submitted questions, and I encourage everyone to watch the important conversation below. 


“The Internet in America”—Your YouTube Interview with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

March 10th, 2010 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

This Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission will unveil the National Broadband Plan—a roadmap to connect all Americans to affordable, high-speed internet.

The development of the National Broadband Plan has been one of the most open and participatory processes in the history of the FCC, with citizens from all over the country participating in our online workshops, sharing their ideas on our crowd sourcing platforms, and joining the discussion on our blog.
We’ve reached out over the past few months and asked questions about what broadband means to you and your community. Now it’s your turn to ask FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski questions about his plan for the future of the broadband in America. No topic is off-limits: from civic engagement to economic opportunity, education to health care – we want to know what Americans have in mind for Internet innovation in the 21st century.
Following the announcement of the National Broadband Plan next Tuesday, YouTube will interview Chairman Genachowski as part of a series of in-person interviews with government leaders answering your questions. Check out the latest You Tube Interview with President Obama here.
Join the discussion at Citizen Tube and submit your question for Chairman Genachowski via Google Moderator today.  You can also vote on the best questions in any of seven topic areas:
The deadline for questions is Sunday evening at midnight on the west coast. 
On Tuesday, March 16th following the FCC’s Open Commission Meeting, Steve Grove of YouTube will ask Chairman Genachowski your questions.  We look forward to hearing from you.


More Avenues for Online Participation

September 14th, 2009 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

Haley Van Dyck 2We are excited to introduce the latest round of new media roll outs that will help increase the participatory elements of the FCC's online operation and facilitate open discussion on the National Broadband Plan.

In addition to participating in the Broadband Workshops online and engaging in discussion on Task Force blog posts, you can now share your ideas on the National Broadband Plan through our new IdeaScale page.

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IdeaScale is a crowdsourcing platform that allows users to publicly share and discuss ideas, as well as vote on their favorite ideas and topics presented.

This platform will provide a place for comprehensive and robust discussion of the sometimes controversial issues facing the task force, and will allow the fruitful conversations that have developed from the workshops to continue long after the panels have adjourned.

Our goal is to tap the distributed expertise of the American people through an open and earnest discussion on the best options for broadband in this country. We realize that government does not monopolize the best ideas, which is why we are making public engagement a priority.

I hope you take this opportunity to share your ideas and help advise the task force as it prepares to submit a plan to Congress by February 17th.

In another effort to bring 21st century communications to the agency and increase online citizen participation, you can now find the FCC on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as well. We have also added over 40 new RSS feeds from the FCC, ranging from Commissioner's Statements to announcements of Public Notices.

These are just a few updates from our New Media Team's first month at the FCC. There will be many more to come.

Capture The Phone Numbers Using Your Camera Phone

If you have a camera and a 2D matrix code reader on your mobile phone, you can capture the FCC Phone numbers right to your phone by following these three easy steps:
Step 1: Take a photograph of one of the codes below using the camera on your mobile phone.
Step 2: Use your phone's Datamatrix or QR Code reader to decode the information on the photograph. Please note, these code readers are device specific and are available to download on the internet.
Step 3: Store the decoded address information to your phone's address book and use it with your Maps or GPS application.

Datamatrix and QR FCC Phones