FCC Sends National Broadband Plan to Congress
Today the FCC will send Congress a National Broadband Plan which includes an "ambitious agenda for connecting all corners of the nation while transforming the economy and society with the communications network of the future -- robust, affordable Internet." The plan contains six main, long-term goals:
- Goal No. 1: At least 100 million US homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second.
- Goal No. 2: The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation.
- Goal No. 3: Every American should have an affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.
- Goal No. 4: Every American community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.
- Goal No. 5: To ensure the safety of the American people, every first responder should have access to a nationwide, wireless, interoperable broadband public safety network.
- Goal No. 6: To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.
The plan sounds good, and if done correctly could certainly help out the nation. If Congress likes the plan, perhaps it can throw some the ARRA funds towards the FCC. A plan like this could certainly create new jobs and help with education. Of course, the plan is likely to meet resistance from service providers like AT&T, Comcast, TimeWarner, RoadRunner, and others.