FCC Goal: Broadband At 100 Megabits Per Second, And Counting


"Studies from the Brookings Institute, MIT, the World Bank, and others all tell us the same thing -- that even modest increases in broadband adoption can yield hundreds of thousands of new jobs," he said. Genachowski cited Blue Valley Meats, of Diller, Neb., as an example of a company from a small town experiencing phenomenal growth -- 40 percent and doubling the number of employees by creating a Web site and selling its beef online.

Genachowski has made widespread broadband deployment a top FCC goal.

During his remarks, he noted not only how business has grown due to broadband technology, but also how education and health care have been impacted as well.

But, he said, roughly 14 million Americans don't have access to broadband, and more than 100 million Americans that could-- and should -- have broadband don't have it, because they can't afford it, don't know how to use it, or aren't aware of its potential benefits. Roughly 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, compared with 88 percent in Singapore, for example.

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To meet these challenges, the National Broadband Plan will create opportunities not only for businesses, but for every American.

"We must lead the world in creating opportunity. And unrivaled opportunity means that every American must have access to broadband at a speed sufficient for meaningful use, no matter where they live or how much money they make."