Today the FCC is releasing their plan on the future of broadband internet access. You can go to www.fcc.gov to read the full 300+ page, detailed plan, or you can do what most congressmen will be doing, and read the executive summary. Bottom line... the goal of the plan is:
- Deliver broadband access to as many Americans as possible, especially to those living in rural and poor areas
- Foster competition to bring down the cost of broadband internet access and improve service
- Improve broadband infrastructure by reallocating bandwidth away from TV broadcasters and towards companies that provide wireless internet access
- Maximize the benefits of broadband in sectors influenced by the government including
- Government Operations
Cheaper TV take: I like what I'm seeing. My family pays about $200 a month for broadband access for the home and our mobile phones. This is a high barrier of entry for a lot of families and we're lucky we can afford it. High speed internet access has many benefits for the family and plays a major role in how children are now educated. Those that cannot afford it, or don't have access to it are not playing on a level playing field.
Outside of the educational benefits, the combination of Digital Broadcast TV and Internet TV entertainment has made the transition away from cable a lot easier. Keep up the good work FCC!!!