The FCC has finally delivered the nation’s first broadband plan. “Broadband is the indispensable infrastructure of the digital age – the 21st Century equivalent of what canals, railroads, highways, the telephone, and electricity were for previous generations,” said Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC yesterday, March 25, 2010, when he testified in front of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the U.S. House of Representatives on the National Broadband Plan.
He continued on to say, “Broadband increases the velocity of information, and the velocity of commerce.” The National Broadband Plan sets lofty but achievable goals for the country and it lays out a roadmap to master them. Some of these goals include access for every American to affordable broadband service and access for every first-responder to a public broadband safety network.
The plan will be a platform for enhancing the country’s capabilities in healthcare, homeland security, energy, public safety, education, as well as be the foundation of our new economy by stimulating economic growth and job creation. You can view the plan in greater detail at: http://www.broadband.gov/
Kathy Kemper, of The Hill’s blog, sat down with Genachowski in a Q&A session, and asked him what comes next after the plan has been submitted. Genachowski responded that, “There is an enormous amount of work to be done. Pilot projects to launch, more to learn, measurements and course corrections to be made along the way.”
Moreover, “That is why this plan is a strategic plan – a blueprint to be reviewed and revised in light of experience and growing knowledge. Now is the time to act and invest in our nation’s future by bring power and promise of broadband to all Americans.”