The general look and feel of the FCC’s .gov website dates more or less back to the tenure of Chairman Michael Powell, when it was considered one of the government’s best. But time moves quickly in the internet world, and the FCC has come out with a beta version of its new and improved website model. It’s soliciting comments.
The FCC says it’s the first major overhaul in 10 years. In a statement, the Commission noted the the site is “…architected with a more intuitive user experience and the addition of Web 2.0 technologies.” It added that “…the new site improves and simplifies the FCC.gov experience for consumers, government, public safety agencies and the business community.”
“This FCC is empowering consumers and businesses to get the most out of technology,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “The launch of the new FCC.gov keeps us at the forefront of innovation, and delivers on our promise to move at the speed of high-tech change.”
The FCC is asking for user comment. The site can be viewed at beta.fcc.gov, or if you prefer, here.
The site was designed under the oversight of FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel, who commented, “Online innovators have built destinations that deliver outstanding experiences, high-quality products and great customer service. That’s what consumers and businesses expect online, and it’s what makes the web great. Traditionally, dot-govs have struggled to keep up with rapidly changing technology.”
The site will continue in beta form as the FCC surveys comments and continues the tweaking process.