FCC plans to finish switch to new website 'later this fall'

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to complete its transition to a website by the end of the fall.

David A. Bray, the agency’s top tech officer, said in a blog post on Friday that “we intend to complete the switch to the new site fully later this fall.”

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Bray also announced more updates to a prototype version of the new website.

The redesign makes the commission’s website “responsive,” meaning that it will adapt if it is being viewed on a mobile device or tablet rather than in a traditional desktop browser.

The site is also now connected to certain databases used by the FCC. That could allow users to more easily access prominent documents submitted to the commission that are currently only accessible through the complicated databases themselves.

More broadly, Bray said in April that the new website was meant to make it easier for users to find the information they were coming to the website to access.

That includes a “homepage design that features content users are coming to the site to access daily,” he explained. The prototype page features prominent links for consumers looking to file a complaint as well as upcoming commission events and links to each individual commission’s pages.

The process behind the new website follows another recent upgrade to the commission’s digital capabilities. In September, the commission upgraded much of the unseen information technology infrastructure behind the many databases maintained by the agency — including physically moving the servers where the information was stored to a new location.

The process was not entirely smooth: Several of the databases were offline for days longer than expected.