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The FCC`s National Broadband Plan
By: Joe Eitel
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    Table of Contents:
  • The FCC`s National Broadband Plan
  • Goals
  • Challenges and Concerns
  • What it Means for Us

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    The FCC`s National Broadband Plan - Goals

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    A lot of numbers are involved in the implementation of the FCC’s plan. PC Magazine did a great job of breaking down what it took to get the plan rolling in the first place. According to the mag, “it took 36 public workshops, nine field hearings, 31 public notices that produced 75,000 pages of public comments, 131 blog posts, and 335,000 Twitter followers” for the FCC to finally release its 376-page plan in March. The document, which was made possible by last year's stimulus bill, includes recommendations for broadband implementation over the next 10 years, focusing on topics such as public safety, education, health information technology, spectrum, the economy, and more.

    We don’t have to cover all 376 pages of the plan, which is rife with confusing, bureaucratic ramblings. Thankfully, the FCC has outlined its six major goals for the plan, and they are:

    Goal 1: At least 100 million U.S. 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 2: The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation.

    Goal 3: Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.

    Goal 4: Every community should have affordable access to at least 1 Gbps broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.

    Goal 5: To ensure the safety of Americans, every first responder should have access to a nationwide public safety wireless network.

    Goal 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.

    Clear, concise and to the point, right? This neat and tidy list of goals unfortunately makes everything appear easier than it will be. It was recently announced that before the FCC could even begin making baby steps towards implementing their National Broadband Plan, a whopping 60 action items must be checked off of its to-do list before moving forward in any capacity.

    Thankfully, it appears as if the FCC wants to inform Americans on their progress every step of the way, which is why they’ve provided this handy dandy chart online that is not only color-coded and broken down according to financial quarters, but also includes check boxes so Internet users can keep track of the FCC’s progress as they plug away at completing the 60 proposed broadband action agenda items listed on the chart. As of the time of writing, not a single box was checked, but it was only released on April 8, so we should cut them some slack.   

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