Your own Feedback is Building a Better FCC. gov

You spoke; we listened. Since our last update on our FCC. gov modernization project, we built a brand new Beta (i. e. test) edition of FCC. gov based on your own input, and we need your comments again. Building upon the foundation associated with extensive user research done recording – and coupled with additional insight we will receive during this Beta period – the new FCC. gov will be more useful and accessible to FCC stakeholders.

Check out the Beta site at https://prototype.fcc.gov and please tell us what you believe. What works? What doesn’t? And don’t get worried: you can still access the old content and features at FCC. gov while we perfect the new site.

What’s New?

The new Beta site is Drupal-based and responsive, which means the display will optimize based upon the device you are using to view the site such as PC, mobile phone, or capsule.

The Beta website is also connected to our document databases, EDOCS and ECFS, via application programming interfaces (APIs). The APIs allow real-time EDOCS and ECFS updates to display in ‘Headlines’ and ‘Most Active Proceedings’. FCC applications will also be updated and increasingly cloud-based, similar to our new Consumer Help Desk.

All of the content that resides on the current FCC. gov has already been migrated to the new, Drupal-based site. We are currently integrating this article into new information architecture, which means additional and improved ways of being able to access and interacting with all the information currently available upon FCC. gov.

Finally, with considerable help from FCC’s Bureau and Workplace staff, we have created a new taxonomy that will be used to classify web content. This will allow us to use Drupal features that make search easier, allow for better content discoverability across the site, and automate lists of content on a variety of topics.

Next Steps

We are looking for your feedback, and motivate you to keep an eye on the Beta site for bi-weekly code updates, new content, and blog updates featuring what’s changing.

Based on the additional feedback we all receive during the website’s extended Beta period, we intend to complete the switch to the new site fully later this fall with more details to be shared in the weeks ahead.

On behalf of everyone at FCC, thanks for all of the comments we’ve received to date. You can carry on submitting input for consideration and any bugs you find on https://prototype.fcc.gov/ via a web form or email.


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