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FCC Chairman Wheeler Honors Innovators In Accessibility Communications Technology With Annual Awards

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced winners of the third annual Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman's AAA), which honors innovators who develop communications technology for people with disabilities.

Text Messaging Program Helps Smokers Fight the Urge to Light Up

More than 11 percent of smokers who used a text- messaging program to help them quit did so and remained smoke free at the end of a six- month study as compared to just 5 percent of controls, according to a new report by researchers at Milken Inst

CIA Launches New Social Media Accounts

The Central Intelligence Agency is expanding its social media presence with the launch of official CIA social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

49% OF US Households Have A TV Connected To The Internet

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group finds that 49% of all US households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, Blu-ray player, smart TV set, and/or stand-alone device (like Roku, Apple T

NTIA Releases Interim Progress Report on Administration’s Plan to Free Up More Spectrum

NTIA released the Fourth Interim Progress Report on the Obama Administration’s initiative to identify and make available 500 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use by 2020.

NTIA Seeks Comment on Big Data and the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The US. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking public comment on how developments related to “big data” impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

House Republicans Request GAO Examination of Administration Proposal Regarding the Future of the Internet

A group of Republican House members wrote the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an examination of the Obama administration’s recent proposal to transition Internet oversight to the global multi-stakeholder community.

BBG Broadcasts Reach Record Audiences

US government funded international broadcasters reached an estimated 187 million people every week in 2011, an increase of 22 million from 2013, according to new audience data being made public by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Ukraine Political Attitudes Split, Crimeans Turning To Russian Sources For News

Ukrainians’ political attitudes diverge by region despite the majority of the country turning to only a handful of top TV outlets for news, according to new survey results by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Texas-Based Telecom Provider To Pay $875,000 To Resolve Rural Call Completion Investigation

Matrix Telecom, a telecommunications company headquartered in Irving, Texas, will pay $875,000 to resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau into whether the company failed to complete long-distance call