What Is FCC's Ambitious Broadband Plan?


The task force has thoughts on everything from revamping E-Rate regulations to reviewing the set-top box market.

If the FCC loosened E-Rate regulations it could ease adoption of high-speed Internet access at schools.

Such a move could provide many opportunities for solution providers in the education and government arena.

However, the plan touches a multitude of areas: universal service, infrastructure access, spectrum, tribal lands, set-top boxes, consumer information, media, adoption of broadband, accessibility for people with disabilities and public safety.

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Other areas that are to be addressed by the plan in greater detail in January include education, energy, health care, civic participation and others, will be addressed in greater detail in January.

The task force has roughly two months -- 62 days as of today -- to deliver a plan to Congress. The plan may recommend changes in the law in some cases, but those changes should be limited, the task force said.

Specifically, the task force interim report recommends that FCC rules and policies will have to be updated, beginning with the Universal Service Fund (USF).

To meet Congress's goal of universal access to broadband, USF should be directed to support affordable broadband service.

The task force called the USF a powerful tool in enabling the widespread deployment of high-speed broadband networks that will bring benefits, such as: