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The International Experience

December 21st, 2009 by blogband admin

 By Jordan Usdan, Attorney-Advisor, Broadband Task Force

 The FCC is making a determined effort to understand the global broadband ecosystem and to extract relevant lessons from the international broadband experience.  These efforts have included holding two workshops in partnership with the FCC’s International Bureau: International Lessons and Global Broadband Connects America and the World; visiting or teleconferencing with regulators, academics and companies in over a dozen countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America; and posting for comment the Berkman Center’s study of broadband throughout the world.  Today the FCC is releasing a companion video with this blog post of short snippets of our trip to Europe.

The task force’s international team recognizes that dozens of countries have already pursued national broadband strategies, with some countries already on their third or fourth effort.  These national efforts vary widely, from nationwide publicly funded fiber build-outs to explicit policies against government deployment subsidies.  A few things do hold true across borders: governments and companies see Internet connectivity as an essential infrastructure with great promise; the world still looks to the United States for policy and technology leadership; and broadband enables a global ecosystem where technologies, services and content can be accessed at high speeds anytime and anywhere.



Recognition from TDI for Disabilities Access

December 14th, 2009 by blogband admin

By Sherrese Smith, Media Advisor to Chairman Genachowski, and David Goldman, Advisor to Chairman Genachowski on Wireless Issues

 The FCC has worked since its inception in 1934 to help the people with hearing disabilities gain equal access to telecommunications and media. To mark the Commission’s 75th anniversary, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) honored the Commission on Friday with an award recognizing this vital work. When presenting the award, Dr. Roy Miller, the Board President of TDI, as well as other members of TDI, took the opportunity to note the FCC’s contributions towards access to communication for people with hearing, vision, and other disabilities. Chairman Genachowski accepted the award on behalf of the Commission and stressed the Commission’s commitment to these crucial issues and the importance of access to communications for all.


The Chairman is excited about this recognition of the hard and significant work done by the Commission staff. Nonetheless, he does not see this award as a reason for the Commission to rest on it laurels, but rather as a challenge to continue to develop smart policy in this vital area.
While people with hearing disabilities still face considerable obstacles, new technologies offer opportunities to overcome these barriers. For instance, as we learned in our broadband workshops recent developments have given this community of users greater access to 911 and other emergency services. In addition, advances in communications technology have helped other communities, such as providing people with vision disabilities increased access to books and periodicals, and people with mobility disabilities better opportunities for jobs and civic engagement. Hence, the Chairman believes the Commission should embrace a role that fosters investment and innovation in accessibility technologies and helps the industry develop best practices. The Commission should also work to ensure all communications consumers are able to take advantage of all of the latest advancements.
On behalf of the Commission, we thank TDI for the recognition and we look forward to working with them to tackle the ongoing accessibility challenges. We also join the Chairman in congratulating the Commission for its work in earning this award. Finally, we say “thank you” to the Commission staff for the continuing efforts to improve accessibility for everyone.

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