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A Fortunate Plan

March 15th, 2010 by Andrew Nesi - Special Assistant

Over the course of the last 7 months, we’ve ordered from our friends at Jenny’s Asian Fusion at least once or twice a week. Now, when I call, Jenny herself answers and, recognizing my phone number, yells “ANDREW!” and asks how things are going over at 445 12th St. SW. 

Our team’s first blog post discussed fortune cookies we had gotten at the first of these dinners.  So I hoped to have this post, just before the plan is delivered, to lead with a fortune, too. 

Unfortunately, last night’s fortune read “You love sports, horses and gambling but not to excess.”  This was accurate enough, particularly around bracket time, but isn’t particularly relevant to the task at hand.

My boss opened one, too, which told him, “You will have no problems in your home.” This seemed unlikely, given the number of hours he’s spent at work since Thanksgiving.

So I ate another.  “Good things are being said about you,” it said.

Finally, it works.

Today, we got a letter signed by major technology companies that commended my teammates “for the extraordinary public process implemented to develop this plan. Your team has worked countless hours, solicited unprecedented volumes of feedback from all stakeholders, and determined that data, not ideology, should guide their analysis. This process has demonstrated that there are still significant policy obstacles that could stifle innovation and investment in the future.”  It urged the FCC “and others in government to move quickly to implement its most essential recommendations.”

Another letter, last week, came from a series of telecom companies.  It discussed a number a number of prominent issues, and commended our efforts to “lay a spectrum foundation” and “revitalize the Universal Service program.”

Now, my mom always told me not to care what others think. And the plan itself should be judged by what it does for the country, not what people say about it.

But the letter is a testament to the extraordinary product we’ll release tomorrow. It’s a testament to the work my teammates have done in the past months. It’s a testament to the contributions we’ve gotten from Americans in every corner of the country, from D.C. to Alaska, Charleston to Austin.

Of course, we’re not so na├»ve so as to believe every person will agree with every recommendation in the plan. 

But the plan is a document of which we’re all proud.  We’re excited to share it with our now-distant family and friends, our counterparts in industry and elsewhere in government, and most importantly, with people around the country.

And, of course, Jenny gets a copy.

3 Responses to “A Fortunate Plan”

  1. Mark Finster says:


    Great post. And a job well done.

    I'm pleased to have been a part of Jenny's chinese food dinner nights. In fact, I will miss them quite a bit. Keep on blogging, guy.


  2. Guest says:

    The end of your post gets to the real meat. While it's nice to have the praise of powerful industry participants, the true test is how the plan will fare with American citizens. If fact, citizens may be put off by your focus on praise from industry.

    The comments on ECFS are overwhelmingly from industry participants. More needs to be done to engage citizens in the discussions and to make sure their needs are met as well.

  3. Julie Liu says:

    ANDREW! Congrats to you and your team for the release of the National Broadband Plan. I had dinner with my Mom, Jenny - yes, THE Jenny of Jenny's Asian Fusion, and she is very proud of all your hard work. She looks forward to your next carryout order!

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