FCC Unveils Online Tools For Developers
September 8, 2010 at 4:15 AM (PT)
The FCC has unveiled a suite of online programming tools to allow developers to access Commission data. Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI and Managing Dir. STEVEN VANROEKEL announced the initiative at the GOV 2.0 summit on TUESDAY (9/7).
The APIs include one that unlocks speed test statistics from the Consumer Broadband Speed Test, another that returns census data for any block in AMERICA, FCC Registration Number data for broadband providers, and a License View API that includes access to information like the number of licenses across different services, how many licenses different entities have, and how many licenses are up for renewal in the near future. The Commission is also establishing a developer community for collaboration and feedback.
"Today's announcement marks a major step towards our goal of reimagining the dot gov experience to better serve the 21st-century citizen," said GENACHOWSKI. "These new online tools will empower innovators and developers across the country to leverage government data in ways never imagined, creating immense value for the American public. This is an important part of institutionalizing change in government."
"These tools are designed to maximize the value of government data for citizen shareholders," said VANROEKEL. "Their release is part of a larger effort aimed at running a dot gov more like a dot com, with the same kind of agility, responsiveness, and innovation we expect from leading commercial websites."