FCC: National broadband plan fraught with challenges

At its status report session to the commission yesterday, the FCC's broadband czar Blair Levin said the agency will have "lots more [broadband] workshops" in the coming month in addition to field hearings as the agency crafts the broadband plan it has to submit to Congress next February. The FCC kicked off a series of 18 workshops at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 6, a process that will continue through Sept. 3. To date, the FCC has held 16 broadband workshops. Levin said he's planning other new workshops on content, cyber security and civil rights in addition to various field hearings.   

Still, Levin admitted that getting that broadband plan done won't be easy. He cited concerns over an ‘imbalance' of resources to complete the plan on time and overall broadband demand.

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