FCC Begins Planning National Broadband Overhaul

April 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started the process today in developing a comprehensive plan to give all Americans high-speed Internet access. The commission adopted a notice of inquiry with a 60-day comment period, that will seek out comment on a wide variety of issues affecting broadband deployment across the country, including “strategies for achieving affordability and maximum utilization of broadband infrastructure and services.”  Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the FCC has until February 2010 to consider these issues and develop a national broadband plan to provide coverage to the many in low-income and rural areas that do not have access now.

And after nearly a decade of losing ground to most industrialized countries in broadband deployment and performance, a first national broadband plan in U.S. history comes none to soon. A United Nations report out this week said the U.S. has fallen to 17th from 11th in a survey of the use by advanced nations of information and communications technology, which took into account adoption, speed and literacy. When Congress mandated the FCC develop a broadband plan, it also sank $7.2 billion in stimulus funds for the building of broadband networks to unserved and underserved parts of the country.


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One Response to “FCC Begins Planning National Broadband Overhaul”

  1. clayton on April 9th, 2009 2:47 am

    I have a feeling this is just a back door way of enforcing their own type of ‘net-neutrality’ the best they can by waving FREE!! in people’s face.

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