Federal Communications Commission

Privacy, Personal Data, and the Plan

January 26th, 2010 by Andrew Nesi - Special Assistant

In addition to his Wired for Social Justice speech, Blair also delivered a speech last Friday on privacy issues in the National Broadband Plan to EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center).  In the speech, Blair discussed the dynamics of private data in the applications market, as well as the pending public notice on privacy.  Full text of the speech is below.

Thank you.

I particularly want to thank Mark, whose work I have followed for years and who has been both visionary and relentless in pushing on an issue which has always been important and, as I know you all know, will only be more so in the future.

I want to start with what my team was asked to do.  As many of you know, in the Recovery Act, Congress set aside more than 7 billion dollars for NTIA to establish a grant program designed to provide a short-term stimulus to fund broadband infrastructure build-out.

In addition to that program, Congress asked the FCC to develop a Plan for the long-term development of broadband in America. It asked us to evaluate those grants, and analyze the most efficient and effective mechanisms to get broadband infrastructure to all Americans. 

But Congress asked us to look beyond networks, too. 

It asked how we could achieve greater affordability, and increase adoption of broadband by Americans everywhere. 

It asked how broadband could advance a number of national purposes: energy, health care, public safety and consumer welfare, among others.  And it asked how to ensure maximum utilization of broadband, and how to realize its transformative potential.

Many still focus only on the first question—how can we get the fastest networks to the most number of people?

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5 Responses to “Privacy, Personal Data, and the Plan”

  1. Guest says:

    I believe that most, if not all, businesses on the internet as well as those who deal with off the internet, have taken what I call the “Opt-Out” position to person’s personal information. It should be the other way around; people should “Opt-In” to these situations. There are a huge number of businesses that make money selling your personal information. And this is all without your knowledge or permission. Even the credit rating services sell you name and address information, not just your rating. Maybe there should be a law an Opt-In law.

  2. Guest says:

    A few years back Google was working on a fiber optics cable project, and there were lots of rumors that Google was going to be a high speed internet provider; but nothing ever came of it. Today that is: Google <a href="">announced </a>they are planning to launch high speed fiber internet connections for at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

  3. Anthony Morgan Peters says:

    Hmmm. This is a very good thing to help in the issue of Internet connections but I Hope before the us gov they air on the side of caution. The reason for caution is that of National security if to many parts of are lives are left up to computers than Hackers are bound to have a free for all.

  4. Guest says:

    It would have been nice for you to pull out quotes you'd like to highlight rather than the start of the speech. :-) I'm sure there are some juicy talking points in there.

  5. Guest says:

    The one thing that hit the nail on the head is the user agreement statistic although I suspect the number is more like 98%. I don't know about creating another layer of control or a privacy czar but it might be good to regulate user agreements so that they read more like the HUD statement that you get when you buy a house. If there is a basic english translation for all the fine print and legal stuff we would all be more informed.

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