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The FCC`s National Broadband Plan
By: Joe Eitel
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    2010-04-14

    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 - What it Means for Us


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    Once the plan is finally implemented, Americans stand to gain a lot, but the most immediate and notable differences will affect both those without the service and longtime broadband users.

    Those 35 percent of Americans, most of who live in low-income areas or rural areas with no broadband infrastructure at all, will finally have access to broadband Internet. Not only that, but the FCC has also proposed the creation of a Digital Literacy Corps, ďa publicly funded effort to provide skills training and outreach in neighborhoods with low rates of broadband adoption.Ē The FCC also wants to train workers on Internet basics, so they can provide digital literacy training at libraries and community centers.

    Those who already have broadband can expect to see a drastic increase in speed to their existing service. According to PC World, within five years the FCC aims to have 100 million people hooked up to broadband service boasting speeds of 50 Mbits/s and by 2020, the FCC wants 100 million people using 100 Mbps broadband service.

    The plan also addresses the mobile web and will greatly accommodate smartphone users. According to the plan, in the next 10 years an additional 500 MHz of spectrum will be earmarked for broadband, 300 of which will be used specifically for mobile.

    As you can see, the plan appears to be a win/win for all, but getting it implemented is the biggest task at hand. Hereís hoping that the FCC whizzes through those 60 action agenda items because, simply put, itís unacceptable for 100 million Americans to lack broadband.


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