Friday, February 19, 2010

Preliminary FCC broadband policy report ducks issue of incomplete telecom infrastructure

For the millions of Americans who live and work in broadband black holes, a preview released this week of a forthcoming Federal Communications Commission policy recommendation to Congress offers practically no hope their situations will improve over the foreseeable.

The FCC's National Broadband Plan: National Purposes Update released Feb. 18 contains 56 pages of bullet points, charts and graphs that cover just about every topic related to broadband except for the nation's most pressing broadband problem: incomplete and inadequate advanced telecommunications infrastructure that's necessary to deliver broadband to all Americans.

The final report is due to Congress by March 17. If the report doesn't address this critical issue in a substantive manner and instead dances all around it as this week's preview suggests, it will be seen as a whitewash of platitudes that will quickly be shelved and forgotten.

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