US: FCC Delivers its National Broadband Plan

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) presented its National Broadband Plan, setting an ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the U.S.

The plan is a "roadmap to spur economic growth and investment, create jobs, educate our children, protect our citizens, and engage in our democracy,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “It’s an action plan, and action is necessary to meet the challenges of global competitiveness, and harness the power of broadband to help address so many vital national issues.”

But industry analysts said the plan was both too ambitious and not detailed enough, and consumer advocates doubted it alone would lead to more affordable broadband service at adequate speeds.

Telecom operators praised the intent but worried that new regulations might impede rather than encourage their progress in expanding Internet access.

However, the criticisms were largely tempered by a strong embrace of what is by far the most aggressive effort to date by regulators to encourage widespread adoption of broadband at much higher speeds than most Americans have today.

Read the full press release.

See also: F.C.C. Questioned on Its Far-Reaching Plan to Expand Broadband Access (NY Times).

Related: What You Need To Know About The National Broadband Plan (Broadband Reports).

Source: FCC, NY Times

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