Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Redesigned FCC Website Expected To Launch Next Month

The Federal Communications Commission is performing a large-scale redesign of its website to improve usability. The switch to the new site is scheduled to begin on December 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT and be completed by 12:00 AM December 10, 2015.

While the transition to the revamped site is expected to be completed almost instantaneously, there will be an ongoing processfollowing this transition that will continue to involve user feedback, fixes by the FCC’s Information Technology team, and content updates by policy bureaus and offices.

The new website is designed to provide better functionality, an improved design, and better searchability and navigability. Extensive user research revealed how the FCC could improve the website’s information architecture to make content easier to find. The new website is responsively designed and improves interoperability with tablet and mobile device browsers, with the display optimizing based upon the device being used to view the site.

The site utilizes a “toggle” navigation that allows visitors to browse either by “Category” or “Bureau and Office.”

As part of this transition, the current website will no longer be available. Webpages and files that are on that have not already been migrated to the new site will remain available.

Existing bookmarks will be redirected to the appropriate content on the new site. The Commission has worked to ensure that all web addresses that users might have bookmarked or otherwise utilize on an ongoing basis will remain connected to the relevant content. In addition, while the Commission has already upgraded some of its interactive systems (including the Consumer Help Center) and is working toward improvements on other such interactive systems (including the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), these systems will not be directly impacted by the migration on December 10.

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