Federal Communications Commission

Virtually There? The Telework Public Notice

September 4th, 2009 by Matt Warner

Telework isn't just about providing a benefit to employees.  Rather, telework seems to benefit workers, employers, and society as a whole.  Case studies from the Government Accountability Office and the Patent and Trademark Office suggest that telework provides needed flexibility for an organization and its staff in emergencies while being greener for the environment.  Despite these and other potential advantages of telework and broadband's ever-expanding ability to make work geographically irrelevant, not being physically "there" may not yet be societally "there."

A Public Notice (PN) we are releasing today explores the potentially transformative aspect of broadband and telework for the purposes of the National Broadband Plan.  Before we carve out national policy, however, we need more information:  What empirical evidence exists to suggest that going from dial-up to broadband fundamentally changes the nature of telework?  What are the advantages of telework based on the data?  What are the barriers impeding telework programs from more ubiquitous acceptance and success?  Going forward, how could broadband change telework?  Answers to these questions and others raised in the PN are important to guide our focus and plan for telework in the overarching broadband plan.  Please read the PN and file comments using either ECFS Express or our standard submission page if you need to attach a file.  Please note that your comments are responding to Public Notice #3.

5 Responses to “Virtually There? The Telework Public Notice”

  1. Alfred Packer says:

    Wait, you've called this "NBP Public Notice #2", but shouldn't it be called "The Meaningless Busy Work Notice #2"?

    You guys are really becoming comical. You've asked all the questions, in multiple ways in multiple notices. You're making the Kennard Commission look bold and decisive by comparison.

    Telework? Really?

    Oh yeah, nice job on the "consumer issues" Workshop. As if privacy (and not things like, you know, price, service, quality) is the only "consumer issues"

  2. Dumb guy says:

    Oh oh oh I know this one. Barriers to teleworking. Um, let me guess (1) failure of an agency to have a VPN (2) agency rules against portable media like USB sticks and um (3) a middle management that actively resists and refuses telecommuting. ----- Did I get it right?!

  3. Guest says:

    When will the FCC help NTIA bring an end to the ICANN travesty ?

    The U.S. Congress has mandated that by the end of this month.

    As part of that, when will the FCC level the IANA (ICANN) IPv4 Address Space SPECTRUM playing field ?

    How does AT&T obtain /8s directly from ICANN ? 032/8 AT&T Global Network Services 1994-06 LEGACY

    Why are other providers required to pay spectrum taxes to ICANN RIRs ?

    What does ICANN do with $250,000,000 per day from cyberspace taxes ?

  4. Ed Stern, Councilman, Boardmember K says:

    Just finished ground-breaking study for Washington State Legislature, article summarizing here:

    Full study available at :

    \The office building of the future is the HOME OFFICE - - and it's already built saving $Billions in avoided publicly paid for infrastructure costs, not to mention environmental and social benefits\

    Lastly, having sat on the Gov's appointee \High-Speed Internet Strategy Working Group\, here is our report as well:

    Please feel free to contact me at or 360.930.3234

    Thank You, Ed

  5. Swissfranc says:

    Ground-breaking, are you people serious?

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