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Power outages pull broadband communications oversight to forefront

A former FCC official is calling for more accountability of emergency communication systems in the wake of the 911 failures during a June storm that pummeled the Washington metro area.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 11:28am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- May 31

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell discusses today's House hearing considering a proposal to reign in the Internet. Yvonne Jones of the Government Accountability Office explains why agencies are falling short in hiring more workers with disabilities.

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 09:17am EDT

Wireless startup LightSquared files for bankruptcy

LightSquared Inc., which hoped to create an independent wireless broadband network in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday.

Monday - 05/14/2012, 04:42pm EDT

FCC, NIST leading fight against 'zombie armies'

A new Internet Botnet Group will bring together federal and industry experts to try to stem the tide against botnet attacks. Experts estimate one in 10 computers are controlled by bad actors using malicious software to attack organizations. FCC working groups released three reports with recommendations for improve cybersecurity.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:15am EDT

LightSquared tries to revive broadband network

A Virginia company is trying to revive its plan for a national high-speed wireless network, arguing that it can address federal regulators' concerns over interference with GPS devices.

Monday - 03/19/2012, 05:51pm EDT

FCC asks private ISP providers to fight cyber threats

A new FCC report finds the providers have the power to crack down on attacks like botnets, domain name fraud and IP address hijacking.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 08:02am EST

Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST

FCC spectrum sale to help fund payroll tax extension

When Congress last week passed a year-long extension to the payroll tax break, it found several ways to pay for it. One way is for the Federal Communications Commission to sell a section of unused broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband and public safety applications.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 11:42am EST
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FCC uses geography to find patterns in large data sets

Geographer Michael Byrne works with the FCC chief data officer on deciding how the agency collects, uses and disseminates data. He spoke with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin Friday.

Friday - 02/17/2012, 10:34am EST
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FCC plans to nix wireless network that may jam GPS

Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 06:08pm EST

Former OMB official weighs in on LightSquared broadband controversy

Both the Defense and Transportation Departments have asked the FCC to rescind its decision allowing a Virginia company to set up a national broadband network.

Monday - 01/23/2012, 12:49pm EST

FCC's personalized dashboard targets 'power users'

The Federal Communications Commission launched a website this month that allows users to create a personalized dashboard to more easily access information.

Monday - 12/26/2011, 01:34pm EST

Justice Dept wants to put off AT&T-T-Mobile trial

The Justice Department said Friday it wants to withdraw or postpone its antitrust case against the proposed merger between AT&T Inc. and smaller rival T-Mobile USA now that the two companies pulled their application with the Federal Communications Commission to approve the deal.

Friday - 12/09/2011, 01:16pm EST

Longtime FCC commissioner Copps to retire

Michael Copps, a vocal critic of media consolidation, has been a commissioner since May 2001.

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 04:48pm EST

House bill to create public safety broadband network

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2011, emergency responders found they could not communicate with each other. A decade later, that problem persists.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 09:54am EST

Monday morning federal headlines - Nov. 28, 2011

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

    Monday - 11/28/2011, 08:13am EST

What did the first national EAS test sound like?

The nationwide test took place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Wednesday - 11/09/2011, 04:17pm EST
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What you should know about the national EAS test

Because of its unprecedented nature of the first EAS test, government officials don't know quite what to expect, the chief of the FCC public safety and homeland security bureau, Jamie Barnett, told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris.

Friday - 11/04/2011, 12:09pm EDT
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FCC vote may mean $50 billion in economic growth

Sharon Gillett, chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, examines what change to Universal Service Fund means for Internet expansion.

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 10:56am EDT
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FCC helps small biz with cybersecurity plans

The agency has launched its Small Biz Cyber Planner to help businesses make a cybersecurity protection plan

Monday - 10/24/2011, 04:57pm EDT
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