13 Apr FCC starts broadband plan with broad scope
The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process of mapping out a plan to bring high-speed Internet service to the entire nation, starting with questions on how to increase its availability, improve its quality of service, and make that service more affordable.
In a meeting earlier today, acting Chairman Michael J. Copps invited comments from the public on the national broadband plan the FCC has been ordered by Congress to complete by February 2010. He said the process for creating the plan will be “open, inclusive, out-reaching and data-hungry.”
The meeting was largely intended to set the stage for greater debate on contested policies that could be included in the FCC’s broadband plan and would likely be spearheaded by President Obama’s nominee to chair the agency, Julius Genachowski. The public will be able to submit comments to the agency for the next 60 days and then reply comments will be open for another 30 days.
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