Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission revealed a 360-page national broadband plan that includes six different long-term goals over the next decade. One of these goals is “Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.”
The other five long-term goals are spelled out in the Executive Summary of the plan. It also incorporates a call to action recalling that it has almost been a decade since 9/11 and U.S. first responders still lack a nationwide public safety mobile broadband communications network.
Due to the fact that the U.S. is behind many countries as far as the adoption of broadband technology, another goal of the plan is that the U.S should be a leader in the world of mobile innovation. This is both in terms of speed and extensiveness of the wireless networks in the nation.
According to NextGov reports, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowsi claimed “The National Broadband Plan is a 21st century roadmap to spur economic growth and investment, create jobs, educate our children, protect our citizens, and engage in our democracy.”
The FCC states in the Executive Summary that, “Like the Internet itself, the plan will always be changing-adjusting to new developments in technologies and markets, reflecting new realities, and evolving to realize the unforeseen opportunities of a particular time.” Today, five of the FCC regulators are going to approve a joint statement at a public meeting to endorse the goals in the plan. Following this, the plan will be submitted to Congress for eventual implementation.