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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2000

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FCC Chairman Delivers Report Card on the New FCC to Congress

Kennard Outlines `Faster, Flatter and More Functional' Agency
for the Broadband Internet Age

Washington, DC - William E. Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), today delivered a Report Card on the new FCC to Congress.

"This Report Card shows that the FCC is fast becoming a one-stop, digital shop for consumers," Kennard said. "We are promoting competition in all communications markets, creating opportunities for all Americans to benefit from the communications revolution and managing the electromagnetic spectrum more efficiently than ever before."

Kennard detailed a series of the agency's milestones and talked about its future needs to complete the draft strategic plan for a new FCC. In an era where demand for broadband is increasing every day, the Commission is pumping more spectrum into the marketplace to fuel a greater variety of wireless devices connecting to the Internet. At the same time, consumers of local and long-distance phone services are benefiting from increased competition.

"Most importantly," Kennard noted, "by successfully funding the E-rate we are ensuring that the next generation will have the proper tools to grow up in the Broadband Internet Age."

The FCC Chairman made these remarks today at a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary on the agency's FY 2001 budget.

The Report Card is available on the Internet at Paper copies are available from ITS, the FCC's duplicating contractor, at (202) 857-3800.

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