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Support for Broadband Plan Adoption Recommendations

March 10th, 2010 by George Krebs

Over 30 organizations, ranging from the Benton Foundation to the National Urban League, signed on to support our broadband adoption recommendations in a letter sent to Chairman Genachowski yesterday:
 
We are pleased to express our support for the working recommendations for broadband adoption and utilization announced today by the FCC as it prepares to deliver its National Broadband Plan to Congress next week.
We appreciate the intensive fact gathering and numerous public workshops conducted by the Commission as it sought to better understand the issues facing non-adopters of broadband. The Commission's field hearings and the extensive opportunity for comment through public notices and blogs have provided the American people with many opportunities to contribute to the Plan.
 
You have said that while broadband alone is not the solution to any of the major challenges facing our country, it is part of the solution to almost all of them. We agree. We also agree that in order to maximize the country's benefit from broadband, we must work to increase the level of broadband adoption, particularly among low-income populations, minority communities, older Americans, people with disabilities and other groups which have low rates of broadband adoption. The Commission's research, which helped frame the Plan's recommendations, has proven invaluable as it identified critical barriers to adoption that must be addressed: cost, digital literacy, and lack of awareness of relevant content.
 
The plan's adoption and utilization recommendations are targeted, collaborative, and local: a focus that is required to produce meaningful results. We are heartened that the FCC clearly understands that government alone cannot solve the nation's adoption gaps. The non-profit and foundation communities, state and local governments, and the private sector all have an interest in increased adoption, and all must play a constructive role.
 
Leaving one-third of America without broadband at home is not acceptable in an era when high-speed access is a pathway to education, self-improvement, civic participation, and economic growth. We look forward to working with the FCC and other stakeholders in bringing life to these recommendations.

2 Responses to “Support for Broadband Plan Adoption Recommendations”

  1. Denise Hoegen says:

    As the head of the Broadband Expansion Committee in Baldwin Maine I am looking forward to seeing what the National Broadband Plan can do for my town and in the other small rural towns around us. Although our towns have not been totally forgotten by broadband service providers, with access being availble in the more populated areas where residential density deems them more profitable, those of us in less densely populated neighborhoods face an ongoing battle of expanding broadband service to our homes.
    Two of the biggest difficulties we face are funding the expansion into areas where the current provider will not expand into on their own due to lack of profitability or the same service provider challenging the employment of other providers who are willing to service these areas citing service overlap.
    We hope the National Broadband Plan addresses these issues along with the many others that keep broadband access just out of our reach and produces meaningful results as stated in the letter sent to Chairman Genachowski.

  2. Katherine Rhoda says:

    I hope that broadband access will come to be defined as a basic public utility like electricity and telephone. The lack of such a definition and the political will and commitment it requires slows down our progress!

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