It appears that Blair Levin, who returned to the FCC earlier this year to oversee the agency's broadband plan efforts, is feeling a bit underwhelmed by the feedback he has gotten from the agency, the public and the telecom industry to move forward the broadband plan it has to submit to Congress in February. According to an article in Multichannel News, Levin said that the comments did not have enough solid data or analysis on approaches and purpose. His comments, which were expressed at a panel discussion about the FCC's broadband plan at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council access to capital conference, came right before the second round of comments were due to the FCC.
While Levin acknowledged the fact that many of the entities that did submit comments agreed for the need for greater broadband adoption, the comments apparently don't provide a practical bridge from where the industry is today to where it can go tomorrow. "There are a lot of different ideas and they all sound great, but at the end of the day we have to make choices about where to spend what are frankly going to be very scarce dollars to drive that adoption," Levin said.
- see this Multichannel News article