Monday, June 04, 2007

Waxman calls for GAO review of federal broadband efforts

More than a decade after the enactment of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 that directed the Federal Communications Commission to encourage the deployment of broadband, a House oversight committee wants to determine what has actually been accomplished.

Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asked for the review in a May 22 letter to Comptroller General David M. Walker. Waxman also wants information on how widely broadband is deployed and who has access to it.

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