We’re taking a step back today from our usual focus on the past seven days to look at the progress made on implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) over the last two years. March 16 marks the 2nd anniversary of the release of the NBP, a multi-year strategy for increasing broadband deployment, adoption and meaningful use throughout the country. Since the release, the Benton Foundation has been tracking the implementation of the plan and its over 200 recommendations.
NAMAC members have mobilized many times in support of strong net neutrality rules that would protect creators of content, as well as its consumers. Outspoken artists were a vital part of the campaign that led to the adoption of the first ever rules by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. But the future of these net neutrality rules are in doubt, as is the question of whether the FCC can do anything to advance public interest Internet policy.
The first great awakening that struck me when I took office as FCC Commissioner in 2001 was the awesome power of information infrastructure to propel America’s progress in the 21st century and to enhance our civic dialogue. As broadband took root, those with eyes to see quickly came to see that there was no problem confronting our nation—lack of jobs, inadequate health care, growing energy dependence, deteriorating environment, lack of equal opportunity—that did not have a broadband component as part of its solution.
Each month, NAMAC will look back at the last few weeks for a quick overview of some of the stories we've been watching. We hope you'll find them interesting, too.
September started off with a bang as the Department of Justice moved to block the AT&T / T-Mobile merger.
NAMAC Blogger Traci Morris reports on her trip to the 2011 Gathering of the National Rural Assembly.