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Staff Workshops Look at Health Care, Content and Spectrum

September 15th, 2009 by Mark Wigfield - Spokesman, Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

This week's staff workshops at the FCC take on three interesting topics related to the National Broadband Plan:  telehealth, online content, and spectrum.  The first workshop is today at 1:30 with a discussion of health care and broadband.  On Thursday morning at 9:30, the discussion turns to online content and the balance between making content easily available while protecting against piracy.  On Thursday afternoon at 1:30, three separate panels discuss spectrum supply and demand, sources of spectrum, and technologies to facilitate more productive spectrum use.  As always, the public can attend the staff workshops in person or online.

Conversation with the Chairman...

September 10th, 2009 by Mark Wigfield - Spokesman, Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks about his vision on the National Broadband Plan, revitalizing the FCC, and increasing innovation at the agency.

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The FCC must be a twenty-first century agency for the information age, New media technologies can help achieve that important goal. Using innovative online tools will enable the Commission to perform more efficiently and communicate more effectively.  They will also encourage the widest possible participation in what the FCC does and harness the communications expertise we have all over the country. -Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

This Week’s Workshops

August 31st, 2009 by Mark Wigfield - Spokesman, Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

We just put out a press release listing this week's workshops for the National Broadband Plan.   There will be three this week, and if you haven't had a chance to attend or watch online, you should definitely set aside time to do so this week.  There will be more workshops after Labor Day and beyond, but the schedule is beginning to wind down. Whether or not news is made, the workshops are informative and feature international broadband experts.  If you care about broadband, the only excuse for not attending is having a really nice spot on the beach - and even then, you can watch the archives when you get back.

Tuesday afternoon will be devoted to state and local issues, including the experience with municipal broadband.  On Wednesday, panelists will discuss  how to get beyond broadband deployment rankings to provide measurements that actually help policymakers who are trying to figure out how to get quality, affordable broadband to everyone.   And on Thursdays, panelists ranging from an MIT professor to the President of Public Knowledge will look at Big Ideas.  Get information on how to attend in person or online under the workshops tab at

This Week's Workshops

August 24th, 2009 by Mark Wigfield - Spokesman, Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

The Federal Communications Commission's staff workshops this week for the development of a National Broadband Plan will explore:

  • The use of broadband technology by the public safety and the homeland security communities (Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Smart Grid, Broadband and Climate Change (Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.)
  • Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Private Investment (Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Job Training (Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.)
  • Technology/Applications and Devices (Thursday at 1:30 p.m.)

Below are links where you can register to attend the workshops in person or via live webinar.  Join the discussion.

Workshop: Public Safety and Homeland Security Date: 8/25/09 Time: 9:00 am


Workshop: Smart Grid, Broadband and Climate Change Date: 8/25/09 Time: 1:30 pm

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