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Welcome to Blogband

August 18th, 2009 by Julius Genachowski - Chairman, Federal Communications Commission.

The National Broadband Plan is one of the most important initiatives that the FCC has ever undertaken. To foster public dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, we're tapping the power of the Internet to launch a new FCC blog, called Blogband. What better time to start blogging than now? With just 183 days before our deadline to send the National Broadband Plan to Congress, we need as many people involved as possible.

Like our unprecedented two-dozen public workshops and the upcoming fall public hearings, Blogband is part of the FCC's commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we're making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation. The feedback, ideas, and discussions generated on this blog will be critical in developing the best possible National Broadband Plan.

As this blog demonstrates, the Internet is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with unparalleled access to information.  Our goal is to create a National Broadband Plan that charts a path toward bringing the benefits of robust broadband to all Americans. So visit Blogband often to keep up with the latest news and - more importantly - get involved.

31 Responses to “Welcome to Blogband”

  1. Guest says:

    Congratulations on the new blog! Does your team also have plans to use Twitter as a way of communicating about the broadband plan?

  2. Mark says:

    Yes, we are on Twitter at

  3. Joly MacFie says:

    On behalf of the Internet Society's NY Chapter I welcome the FCC's outreach via blog and twitter.

    Video of an NYC meetup of potential stimulus fund applicants is available:

    Members had difficulty getting to the FCC webinars, either because they were busy, or because the webex just plain refused to work for them.

    Is the archived video available somewhere?

  4. Guest says:

    How often will the blog be updated?

  5. deadtired says:

    the FCC is 40 years behind time and always will be , I wish this was not true they have facts that are more white little lies then any truth and have no understaning of what the internet is used for. Broadband taskforce my behind hahahhaha SPEED with CAPS is that like all the SPEED you want but just a drip at a time show me broadband spped with no caps ,, then I just might thank you tell some truth

  6. Guest2 says:

    For the most part, economic development in our society has been directed by market forces, not by central planners in government agencies. Societies that have relied heavily on government central planning -- e.g., the erstwhile Soviet Union -- have not fared well, and smart people -- e.g., Friedrich von Hayek and Nobel-prize-winning public-choice economists -- have expounded impressive theoretical reasons for presuming that such planning generally will not advance net welfare as well as the market processes that it supplants. Does the Task Force's inner circle include anyone with a firm grasp of this intellectual legacy?

  7. Matthew Henry says:

    Speaking of the public workshops, I was disappointed to see that the issue of privacy has not been included in any of the workshops or the scheduled presentations. The FCC sought comments on privacy and it seemed to be very concerned about issues like Deep Packet Inspection and Behavioral Advertising. DPI and behavioral advertising have been some of the most visible and contentious online policy issues of the last couple years and I think that it would have been beneficial to have more public feedback and participation on privacy.

  8. Regina Hopper says:

    Mr. Chairman, on behalf of NextGenWeb, thank you for starting this blog and joining the online conversation about the future of U.S. broadband. We share your commitment to a national broadband strategy that both ensures all Americans are connected to this essential infrastructure and helps all Americans cross the digital divide and reap the many benefits of broadband in their daily lives. The focus on both deployment and adoption in the FCC workshops is an encouraging sign. We look forward to working constructively with you and all stakeholders to advance U.S. broadband and its many contributions to our economy, our health care, our education system, our environment and beyond.

  9. Eideard says:

    Cripes. You already have a troll.

    I'm a cynic and an optimist. I know from personal experience with SSA and Medicare government bureaus can be run more efficiently than the corporate flavor. Doesn't mean they have to - or will.

    I've been online for 26 years and been through beaucoup permutations of government "support" that sucked. That doesn't guarantee you won't succeed. That also doesn't guarantee you won't be swamped and suckered by the usual vested interests.

    Just here to wish you the best. And hope you provide change for the capabilities where our nations lags so far behind the rest of the industrial world - from broadband to TV access.

  10. Eric Elia says:

    Thanks for the openness, Julius. Would also be interesting to see your team roll out some forums or a service like uservoice to capture and rank suggestions. Good luck.

  11. Justin Case says:

    The FCC is faced with many agendas in attempting to develop a Broadband plan addressing the served, underserved, and unserved. As it attempts to listen and work with the many agendas being put forward on what "my needs" are, perhaps the most important thing to remember is with compromise, there are no winners. In a compromise everyone looses something and in developing this plan there will be no winners. No one group will get everything it desires or states it must have in order to support the plan. What will come out of the meetings and discussions is a plan that has everyone loosing something but with hopefully enough of their agenda remaining they will deem the losses are acceptable.

    My fear is the resultant plan will not address true needs but bow to political pressures of a few vocal groups that will put arguments forward about "entitlements" and "rights" for their particular segment of society without regard to the entire fabric of those to whom the initiative is to serve.

  12. Guest says:

    "Our goal is to create a National Broadband Plan that charts a path toward bringing the benefits of robust broadband to all Americans."

    Plain english please, what does that MEAN?

  13. Guest2(retort1) says:

    Guest2 says: 08/18/2009 at 5:09 PM wrote: "For the most part, economic development in our society has been directed by market forces, not by central planners in government agencies. Societies that have relied heavily on government central planning - e.g., the erstwhile Soviet Union - have not fared well ..."

    So, you're saying let's shut down the Department of Education, close all the public schools and shutter the public libraries?

  14. says:

    Do you actually write this blog or does a staffer?

  15. Nathaniel Hawthorne says:

    Mr. Chariman:

    A Broadband "Blog" is great. But you know what would be better? The FCC takes years to decide so-called e-rate appeals from the USAC to the FCC, even the most simple appeals. Why not spend time and effort working on that backlog? After all, e-rate is about using techonlogy, in part, to get education into the classroom via internet access.

    Nate Hawthorne

  16. Guest says:

    WELCOME FCC. Modern communications are vital to all of us. Thanks for this initiative, on behalf of myself, a deafened person, and guessing, for my many friends and colleagues interested in text communications like this, and also soon, we hope, real time text on all available technologies.

    As you know, 32 million is the newest estimate (probably an underestimate soon) of how many Americans have hearing needs. We applaud any and all efforts to include us.

  17. Guest says:

    Mr. Chairman. Please check this out. It is our understanding that submitted proposals for rule changing in the Amateur Radio Service, do not have a time limit for "initial" FCC responses. It seems to me that a proposed rule making change should be "initially" acted upon within a reasonable time frame and not left open end. If this is true it is a disservice to consumers who could wait months or years for some sort of FCC response other than a notification that the proposal has been received. Await your reply. Thank you.

  18. Chuck Wilsker says:

    Congratulations. It appears that you are really interested in trying to assure that if you build it, they will come.

    I am President and co-founder of the Telework Coalition, TelCoa, a nonprofit association here in DC.

    The highest degree of justification for this proliferation of broadband is to enable the people in these unserved and underserved areas to find jobs, and these jobs will most likely come from other areas. This is what we call telework, bringing jobs to people instead of people to the jobs. They will soon be able to use the information highway instead of the asphalt one.

    Please feel free to call on us if you are interested in our thoughts and ideas.

  19. Jerry Walton says:

    Before people accept broadband, they first must be convinced of information security. I, for one, do not believe it exists. Good luck in the future.

  20. RobE says:

    It is time for the FCC to get out of content matters. Speech that one can hear everyday in primetime in Canada and England is banned here in teh supposed land of freedom, which is childish. Time for you guys to grow up.

    Also, what are you going to do about low power tv and radio? You guys ditched both of those after lobbying by the likes of Clear Channel and other major media conglomerates. It is time for the moratorium you imposed on low power tv and radio to end.

    I would also suggest you put FCC hearings in the form of podcasts and have a couple of hours a week in which you engage in live chat with the public.

  21. Jerry Gennaria says:

    Count me among the folks who are cautiously optimistic about a new National Broadband Plan. Generally I'm a strong supporter of less government and letting the market/consumer decide how technology should be deployed. However, essential infrastructure is (and should be) managed as a resource for the entire country. In this information age, broadband connectivity is a vital resource in the same vein as water, electricity and highways. America's participation in a knowledge based world economy demands it.

  22. Danny Feemster says:

    It's great to see you guys stepping into the blogosphere for this broadband initiative! I think it is a good sign that seems to point to more openness and transparency, which is refreshing.

    I own a two way radio business ( ), so obviously we tend to pay close attention to happenings at your agency. I am hopeful that this effort is successful so perhaps in the future we could see you guys blogging about topics that affect our industry, such as radio licensing or the narrowband initiative.

    Good luck!!

  23. Guest says:

    Are you really serious! What in the past history of anything the government (those who are elected) convinces you they have ever done anything in the best interest of the general public, oh there are a few exceptions but they don't get reelected. The internet is not for those who do not have the wherewithal to purchase the equipment to finish the connection. You can run fiber optic connections to every house in the United States and put routers on every corner, but if they can not afford or unable to use the needed equipment to utilize this then what is the point. Sure the Geeks of the world would benefit, but what of the average person who doesn't have any understanding of what a Broadband really is. Once again a big government, "feel good buzz word," program that has no insight in the real world.

  24. Guest says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with "Guest" comments on 08-21-09. Sure Broadband is a great idea, but can the consumer AFFord a computer? Can the consumer pay monthly for DSL/Broadband service, or will the Government subsidize it as it does for Lifeline Telephone Service and make all the other Broadband subscribers help pay for the unfortunate who cannot. Does the consumer have the "SMARTS" to operate the computer? I can't see pushing Broadband United STates wide when the average person has to struggle to make ends meet? In case point, the State of Michigan with 15 % unemployment. Where the labor force in Michigan is shipped in from Mexico to harvest fruits and vegetables. They really need forced Broadband in their substandard housing, some with dirt floors in this day and age. The Broadband Task Force needs to take a trip around rural America and see just what the situation is. Drive in the town of Idlewild, Michigan and tell me the po'folk can afford broadband service.

  25. Guest says:

    Hey guys - in the past I know the FCC has gotten a bad reputation for being sticklers - but I think what you guys have been doing is a huge step in the right direction in regards to regulating cellular providers/cable providers/ISPs.

    I think a lot of people today feel like they're being taken advantage of by these companies - and I'm really glad you're here to help make things fair, though it still seems like there's a lot of work to be done.

  26. Regina Hopper says:

    Today, posted a blog on your new site. We hope this will help get others to participate in this important discussion.

  27. Guest says:

    I live in the middle of the 5th largest city in the US and I have one choice for broadband. The speed is insanely slow and "service" is nonexistent. From everything I've read about broadband in other countries, the US is hurting. That's the bottom line. I can't do business from home.

  28. Sam Tylor says:


    Was curious to know, why are you still not leveragin on twitter to communicate about broadband plans? Its ultra viral and quick indeed in my wish list.

    Thanks Sam Tylor Http://

  29. bill says:

    We would urge the FCC to NOT give in to the MPAA request to block all the analog ports on our devices. They are simply giving you bad information. They want to be able to send a signal to your TV and shut down all the plug ins in the back so we can no longer add a device to "tape" anything on the TV.

    They want to plug the "analog hole" like they have done with the digital plugs. They have control over these with various encryption and DRM.

    Do not believe anything they are telling you.

    Lets try a new the Consumer rather than the corporate .

    New devices will continue to appear. In fact the best thing that could happen is if the congress repealed the DMCA and got rid of Business Methods patents, reduced copyright to 10 years and opened up all systems.

    The company I worked for 30 years ago is not still paying me. Why am I still paying Ringo Star for a song he sang 30 years ago.

    It is not my fauly if he was not a wise saver or investor. I gave him my money once. Why do I need to continue to do so?

  30. Guest says:

    If you are not going to maintain this bog....why have it.

  31. David Bills says:

    "If you are not going to maintain this bog….why have it." LOL LOL LOL

    Sorry had to laugh. My concerns and interests of just being here arise from residing in an UNSERVED location within these United States.

    I've gotten with local government (With the deer in the headlight look, they stated they've been a year into a feasibility study and something about local farmers concerns about the effects broadband would have on cattle), written to legislature both state and federal. The only personable response I got was from Governor Tim Kaine. Thank God at least he has staff that actually reads what you have to say. I've resigned to play the cow....move with the crowd..chew grass and moo intermittently so I too can fit in with the rest of society

    I get a kick out of folks who complain about their less than desirable broadband service all the while even the "feel" of the Internet gets further and further away from the dial up user. I propose the powers that be come on down and enjoy some hospitality...all the while...getting on with the "business" of our great country on dial up.

    Which brings me to the reason I laughed. It could possibly be the honorable Mr. Genachowski may himself be on dial up and still waiting for this page to load back up to his workstation. The use of the word "bog" just about sums it up.

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