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Former-DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Location:
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20020, United States
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Marion Barry Jr., the Mississippi sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia, survived a drug arrest and jail sentence, and then came back to win a fourth term as the city’s chief executive, died in Washington. He was 78.

FCC is wisely taking its time on network neutrality action

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Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission has decided to put off action on net neutrality until 2015, drawing protests from those lobbying for strict regulation of Internet service providers. It's tempting to argue that the delay gives the commission time to develop a consensus, but that's a fool's errand on a topic that's so polarizing. Instead, the agency needs the extra weeks to build a more defensible case for its rules, given the inevitability that someone will challenge them in court.

An FCC Commissioner's Reddit AMA Went About as Terribly as You'd Expect

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Reddit's AMA ("Ask Me Anything") sessions have become frequent stops on the PR train for everything from new movies and music to startups and sports. Most of the public figures subjecting themselves to the questioning get responses ranging from fawning worship to fuming hatred. The reaction Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn received, however, was all fuming and no fawning.

Tech industry must lead privacy fight

Location:
San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA, 95190, United States
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The Senate charade allowing the National Security Agency to continue spying on Americans' phone records would be laughable if it didn't have such dangerous implications for both the tech industry and consumer privacy.

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama’s Immigration Order

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Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Some immigrants working in technology were heartened by the President’s actions and said they could potentially make life and work in the United States easier.

In Social-Media Era, When Is Free Speech Illegal?

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States
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A case before the Supreme Court over threats made on Facebook is highlighting long-standing tension between law enforcement and free-speech advocates over when threatening speech crosses a line and breaks the law.

Terrorists Get a Phone Upgrade

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Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
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Apple , Google, Facebook and others are playing with fire by making it impossible for intelligence agencies or law enforcement to gain access to communications.

FCC Acts to Preserve Reliable 911 Service as Technology Evolves

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

The Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to preserve reliable 911 service as technology evolves. The proposals address the increasingly complex nature of the nation’s 911 infrastructure and respond to a recent trend of large-scale “sunny day” 911 outages – that is, outages not due to storms or disasters but instead caused by software and database errors.

FCC Takes Up Consumer, Competition, 911 Safeguards in Tech Transitions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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Taking steps to facilitate the ongoing transitions in the nation’s communications networks, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on modernizing its rules to ensure access to 911 service, protect consumers, and preserve competition as the transitions move forward.

A Reason to Celebrate: FCC Examines Future of the Phone Network

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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The Federal Communications Commission’s November 21 meeting was a step forward for the 303 million people residing the in US who depend on some kind of phone service for their personal, business, and emergency communications. The FCC voted to move forward on two proposals that examine the future of the phone network and 911 emergency services. This vote builds on the FCC’s bipartisan, unanimous consensus around core network values that include public safety, universal access, competition, and consumer protection. Public input to the FCC will be instrumental in developing federal guidance for the phone network transitions that protects consumers and vulnerable populations.

TDM-to-IP Transition: FCC Considers “Facilitating” Sale of Retired Copper

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

The Federal Communications Commission is considering putting policies in place to “facilitate” the sale or auction of copper infrastructure that telephone service providers plan to retire as part of the TDM-to-IP transitions, FCC officials said. Additionally the commission is considering policies aimed at ensuring consumers have battery-powered telephones so that they will be able to make phone calls in the event of a power outage, officials said.

FCC seeks comment on Indoor Location Accuracy "Roadmap"

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks comment on the “Roadmap for Improving E911 Location Accuracy” (Roadmap), filed in the E911 Location Accuracy proceeding (PS Docket No. 07-114) by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon (Parties).

Request for Updated Information and Comment on Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Regulations

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Wireless Bureau) and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) request updated information to assess whether the FCC’s hearing aid compatibility rules for wireless handsets effectively meet the needs of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

FCC Seeks Comment on CenturyLink's Proposal for Service-Based Technology Transitions Experiments and Request for Declaratory Ruling

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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On November 12, 2014, CenturyLink submitted a Proposal for IP Service Trial and Request for Declaratory Ruling proposing to conduct trials of IP business services and IP exchange of business voice traffic in 12 wire centers in Las Vegas (NV) and requesting a declaratory ruling that CenturyLink’s participation in the trials will not in any way affect its preexisting regulatory obligations related to the exchange of voice traffic with other providers or create any new obligations. The FCC seeks comment on the CenturyLink Proposal and Request for Declaratory Ruling.

Joint Statement On Spectrum Meeting

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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The Assistant Secretary and the Chairman applauded the agencies’ joint efforts to identify and make available spectrum previously allocated to federal use. Years of hard effort paved the way for the AWS-3 auction, in which 70 applicants qualified to bid, and ongoing bidding appears to signal considerable commercial interest in this spectrum.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For December 2014 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the following items will tentatively be on the agenda for the open meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014. The FCC will consider ...

Closing the Digital Divide in Rural America

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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3

The hard truth is there is a digital divide that particularly impacts rural America. Americans living in urban areas are three times more likely to have access to Next Generation broadband than Americans in rural areas. An estimated 15 million Americans, primarily in rural communities, don’t even have access to entry-level broadband in their homes. Forty-one percent of American’s rural schools couldn’t get a high-speed connection if they tried. The FCC can play an important role in bridging these gaps, and I’m circulating two items that will expand access to robust broadband across rural America.

Faster Broadband for Schools and Libraries

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
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Next month, the Federal Communications Commission will consider a proposal from its chairman, Tom Wheeler, that would raise taxes on phone lines by a modest 16 cents a month to make sure that every public school and library has reliable and fast Internet connections. The commissioners should vote yes.

FCC chief on network neutrality: ‘The big dogs are going to sue, regardless’

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

Right now, followers of the network neutrality debate really want to know two things. First, when will the Federal Communications Commission unveil its new rules? And second, how aggressive will they be? FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to be tied down on either count. But on Nov 21, Chairman Wheeler hinted that he knows the stakes.

Net neutrality and the Internet balancing act

Location:
Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Washington, DC, 20071, United States
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2

Everyone loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler. The FCC has the unenviable job of enforcing a simple principle -- Internet users should have effective access to any and all Internet content -- with old and complex law. Chairman Wheeler has been seeking to establish protections without over-regulating. In the process, he has managed to stir up opposition from seemingly every side, including from President Barack Obama, who appointed him.

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