Federal Communications Commission

Public Asked to Respond to Staff Workshops

September 1st, 2009 by Krista Witanowski - Workshop Coordinator

Krista W - 2The staff workshops exploring issues that are key in the development of a National Broadband Plan have provided a lot of information -- and pointed to the need for a lot more information.  Now, the public is being asked to respond to the workshops by filing comments on the record with the FCC.  A Public Notice issued today tells how to do that - but the easiest way is to use the FCC's form to file brief comments, noting the name of the workshop with your comments.  You can file more extensive comments by entering docket number 09-51 the first field of this form and including your comments in an attachment. You should also state the name of the workshop in your comments - and fill in other required fields in the form as well.  More extensive instructions are in the Public Notice.

There are deadlines. Responses to workshops held from August 6 to August 20 should be filed by September 15.  Reponses to workshops held from Aug. 25-Sept. 15 should be filed by Oct. 2.  And responses for workshops being held from Sept. 16 to Oct. 20 should be filed by Oct. 30.

Filing comments is a key way to be heard at the FCC.  So take some time now to submit your thoughts about the workshops, for the record.

3 Responses to “Public Asked to Respond to Staff Workshops”

  1. Larry says:

    After reading some of the responses by AT&T and other providers about the broadband plan and their desire to limit connectivity speeds, I feel I have to comment. Please consider broadband as the 21st century equivalent of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). Allowing a slower connectivity speed by saying that rural users need less capacity is the same as saying they should get less electricity because they don't burn as many light bulbs. Who is to say what the consumer will actually use once the service is available. The availability should not be based on location. The Internet is becoming the same as electricity, a vital part of everyday life. That the industry giants wish only to preserve their profit margins by not investing in needed infrastructure should not play a factor. Those of us that live outside large cities should not be penalized. If they can stick a mobile telephone transmitter out here, they can supply a decent broadband connect speed.

    I thank you kindly for reading my comment.

  2. Guest says:

    This is very good!

  3. Gary Shea says:

    I "sat in" on a few of the broadband workshops enjoying the transparency and provocative discussions. One lament heard more than once this past week was that there's no resource that shows on a household level for the US who has broadband. I raised a suggestion through "WebEx" chat and have amplified on it at

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