As the FCC begins to develop a national broadband policy, the agency wants to know how the rest of the world is providing and using broadband services. With that task in hand, the agency has tasked Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society to examine studies about worldwide broadband usage.
The goal of this exercise says Blair Levin, who is coordinating the FCC's National Broadband Plan, is not necessarily to build a new plan from scratch, but rather to incorporate elements of what other countries have done in building out their respective broadband access networks.
"We don't want to reinvent the wheel," he said in a statement. "Knowing what has already been learned will improve our ability to deliver the best possible National Broadband Plan." To communicate the progress being made in crafting a national broadband plan to consumers and business users, the results of the Berkman Center review will be made available to the public.
- Here's the official release
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