FCC Set to Release Ambitious Internet 10-Year Expansion Plan Tuesday
March 13, 2010
(ChattahBox) – The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose an ambitious a 10-year plan that would make high-speed Internet the top communication network in the country. The plan would displace telephone and broadcast television as the country’s premier communication systems and will reportedly include efforts to subsidize high-speed access for rural areas and an auction of broadcast spectrum for wireless devices. About one-third of Americans have no access to high-speed internet service because of isolation, cost or preference, the NY Times reported.
Hoping to catch up with other countries that have faster average Internet speeds, an initiative called 100 Squared would aim to have 100 million households using high-speed Internet at 100 megabits a second by 2020, versus an average of 3 to 4 megabits a second today. The plan to be submitted to Congress Tuesday, is expected to trigger debate and strong lobbying fights among telecommunications giants battling for it’s slice of the pie, and the broadcast television industry which already opposes turning over spectrum space to future mobile service use. The blueprint reflects the Obama administration view that broadband is becoming the dominant U.S. medium over telephone and broadcast television, the newspaper said. Under former president George W Bush, the FCC was mostly focused on censoring indecency on the public airwaves.