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Chairman Genachowski Sits Down for an Interview with CNET

March 24th, 2010 by George Krebs

“We need to focus on multiple strategies,” Chairman Genachowski told CNET’s Molly Wood, explaining the approach of the National Broadband Plan in an interview this week. The chairman expounded on the various routes the plan recommends to achieve greater affordability, higher speed broadband service, and to keep pace with other advanced nations. (Click on the image below to watch the video)

Both the chairman and Ms. Wood agreed that competition crucial. One of the ways we can foster competition is through greater consumer knowledge, Chairman Genachowski noted:
We can make sure consumers have the information they need to make the market work. And so an important initiative of the plan is a consumer transparency initiative where consumers will have access to much better information about the speeds that they’re getting, the nature of the services that they’re getting. Right now we hear endless reports about consumer confusion over broadband.
The interview also touched upon the foresight of The Plan in freeing mobile spectrum that will be in great demand a few short years from now. “Mobile broadband has extraordinary opportunity for our country. A smart phone uses almost thirty times the capacity of an old phone,” the chairman said. Our projections show that our mobile spectrum needs will grow thirty fold in a few short years. We need to release spectrum and “we have to tackle it now.”
Ultimately Chairman Genachowski strongly asserted that much of our society now relies on the Internet as its foundation. We need to regain our footing as the global pace setter. “We need to be the world’s leader in innovation in the twenty-first century,” he said. “We’re not going to be that if we stand still…We’re going to be at risk with our global leadership if our broadband infrastructure isn’t first class.”
What will The Broadband Plan mean for you? In the end Ms. Wood asks, What can the FCC, the White House and Congress do? Participate in the discussion either in her post or in our comments below.

2 Responses to “Chairman Genachowski Sits Down for an Interview with CNET”

  1. Mclovin87 says:

    What makes you think that people that don't have broadband will want it? Why is this a good that everyone needs? Do you think the people that already are paying customers are going to have to subsidize those who are not (like in health insurance)? Could this money be allocated in different ways and be more effective? These are questions you have to ask yourself Mr. Krebs. Would you be willing to donate your own money for this project? Please respond to these questions.

  2. Joshua Rodd says:

    Will the FCC recognise that uncapped broadband is just as important as raw speeds? Some ISPs, such as Frontier, are imposing very low caps on their customers of just 5GB per month. With a cap so low, a customer cannot watch more than 2 or 3 high-definition Netflix Online movies in a month.

    What is especially concerning are situations where a telecommunications provider exempts traffic to their own preferred sites from the cap. For example, Telstra in Australia has a cap, but exempts traffic to websites that pay Telstra a lot of money.

    Keeping America competitive in the 21st century requires that Americans have access to fast, uncapped broadband. It's not worth letting a few telecommunication providers, some of which are over 100 years old, make a few extra dollars per month at the cost of America's ability to be a world technology leader. Say "no" to the ISPs like Comcast and Frontier who want to impose caps, and say "yes" to Americans.

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