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FCC Discusses National Broadband Plan in First-Ever Online Global Policy Meeting

March 26th, 2010 by Mindel DeLaTorre - Chief of the International Bureau

 As Chief of the FCC’s International Bureau, I know how important it is for policymakers worldwide to stay in touch so we can share our diverse experiences and learn of new, innovative ideas.

That’s why I was so pleased that today, the FCC hosted the first-ever online global policy meeting with over 140 international participants from telecommunications agencies, ministries, and organizations around the world, representing over 25 countries. It is especially fitting that our first online global meeting was to discuss the National Broadband Plan.

Chairman Genachowski said it best today when he introduced today’s conference, and I quote:
 “At the FCC, we are committed to greater international engagement and cooperation in our interconnected world. Together, we can work to ensure that communications and information technology advances our collective goals of peace and prosperity. Broadband is indispensable infrastructure for the 21st century and the foundation for economic growth and democracy in the digital age. It provides a platform for opportunity -- for innovation -- and for solutions.”
Chairman Genachowski highlighted some of the plan’s guiding principles:
·        Processes should be open, participatory, fact-based, and analytically rigorous.
·        Private investment has an essential role in extending broadband networks across the  nation.
·        Vibrant competition is profoundly important in bringing consumers the best services at the best prices, and in spurring world-leading innovation and ongoing investment.
·        It is necessary to tackle the vital challenge of inclusion and to promote universal digital literacy, so that everyone, everywhere can enjoy the benefits of a broadband internet that is open, safe, and trusted.
·        It is necessary to reorient 20th century policies toward the 21st century.
·        Government has a crucial, but restrained, role to play, focusing with laser-like precision on efficient and effective solutions.


Blair Levin, executive director of the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative, and members of the broadband team discussed the key goals of the plan:  to increase innovation and investment; provide more spectrum for increasingly popular mobile wireless services; ensure broadband availability everywhere so that all are included in the broadband era; put broadband to work to improve education, healthcare and public safety, and more.  They also discussed how the plan will be implemented to meet these goals.

Today’s interactive on-line video conferencing platform allowed participants to see the streaming video presentation from the FCC, ask the host questions online, converse with each other and with the host, and view documents used during the presentation. Participants only needed an Internet connection and a computer to join the online conference. Representatives from around the world asked a range of questions focusing on Internet speed, standards, accessibility of broadband, and spectrum issues.   

In the International Bureau, we view the release of the National Broadband Plan as a beginning. It is the beginning of an exchange of ideas with people around the world -- so we not only learn, but can avoid past experiences that may not have worked, and take advantage of those that did, for the benefit of others. This international dialogue on ways to encourage broadband deployment and adoption will continue. We at the FCC very much look forward to it.
A recording of today’s on-line meeting is available at You may read the National Broadband Plan at; and learn more about it at

3 Responses to “FCC Discusses National Broadband Plan in First-Ever Online Global Policy Meeting”

  1. Mclovin87 says:

    Guest it was your decision to move out into the middle of no where. Why should I pay for you to have better internet service?

    Would you also like for me to pay half of your gasoline bill? I mean I know you have to travel farther to get food than people that live in or close to the city. One reason you are getting higher priced internet service is because are in a region that is hard to reach. So quit your service or just deal with the higher price of internet.

  2. Jim Tobias says:

    I hope that the International Bureau will take up the issue of accessibility. This is a global concern, with implications for the harmonization of technical standards and regulations. Both individuals with disabilities and ICT companies look forward to a time when all products and services can meet the same practical, effective goal of inclusion. The Commission can play a leading role in developing the universal policy environment in which this can take place. I'm sure that Karen Peltz Strauss, the new Deputy Bureau Chief in Consumer and Governmental Affairs, can provide detailed information about immediate and long-term opportunities in this arena.

  3. Guest says:

    Please help.
    On behalf of the 45 homeowners in Pine Flats and of the Manresa Retreat Center run by Brophy College Prep, we are most eager to know of anyone's plans to use Federal telecom stimulus money to extend DSL or other broadband to our community at mile marker 386.5 on SR 89A in Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona (12 miles) and South of Flagstaff (12 miles).

    "We're dyin' over here," making do with lousy satellite service which costs $80 monthly for less than 1.5mb download. Moreover, the latency is terrible (1,100 ms), and there is a maximum 24-hour download limit of 450mb.

    Please help us.

    John David Herman
    491 N. Harding Drive
    Sedona AZ 86336

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