FCC to submit far-reaching broadband plan

March 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Monday it would submit a plan to Congress meant to include all Americans in the Internet revolution.

Similar to past efforts for the government to extend electricity to remote rural settings, the FCC said in its "Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan," envisions broadband as the dominant data delivery system, surpassing land line phones and broadcast systems such as television and radio.

The plan says "all Americans should have broadband service with sufficient capabilities, all should be able to afford broadband and all should have the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills."

"Above all else, the plan is a call to action to meet that challenge for our era," the FCC's executive director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative said in a statement.

The plan calls for subsidizing the extension of broadband service and encouraging mobile broadband providers to "construct and build networks" that push the country's mobile coverage to one that is "seamless and competitive."

The plan calls for rule changes "to ensure a competitive and innovative video set-top box market," which would facilitate managing cable and broadband services.

The plan sets a goal of connecting "100 million households to affordable 100-megabits-per-second service."

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