FCC kicks off national broadband plan workshops

Starting this week the FCC is asking the public to provide their perspectives in a series of broadband plan workshops, as the agency develops a national broadband plan it will submit to Congress in February. Questions and topics submitted in person or online will be answered during the course of the 18 workshops that will be held at the FCC's headquarters in Washington, D.C., between Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. 

During these workshops the FCC will discuss how broadband will impact the future of health care, deployment issues, e-government, and how to extend broadband to underserved communities. Representatives from broadband service providers, telecom vendors, applications providers and community groups will participate in the workshops.  

"Broadband is our generation's major infrastructure challenge," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. "It's critical that all stakeholders provide the commission with the information it needs to develop a National Broadband Plan that will spur innovation, promote competition, create jobs, and bring the powerful benefits of broadband to all Americans."

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