Explore public-private partnerships to improve broadband adoption
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a new Public-Private Initiative to drive collaboration among government and private sector entities, including non-profit organizations, on broadband-related national priorities. This initiative will advance key broadband goals, including those outlined in the National Broadband Plan, such as broadband adoption, digital literacy, technology and education, cybersecurity, public safety, job creation, and broadband and healthcare. Chairman Genachowski appointed his Senior Counselor, Josh Gottheimer, to lead the initiative for the Commission. While Mr. Gottheimer’s primary focus will be on leading this Initiative, he will continue to serve as the Chairman’s Senior Counselor.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) should explore the potential for public-private partnerships to improve broadband adoption by working with other federal agencies.
NTIA should consider supporting public-private partnerships of hardware manufacturers, software companies, broadband service providers and digital literacy training partners to improve broadband adoption and utilization by working with federal agencies already serving non-adopting communities.
Congress should consider providing additional public funds, or NTIA should use existing funds to support these partnerships.
To bring non-adopters online, agencies which provide services or manage public programs should integrate broadband
connectivity into their goals, services and operations.
These partnerships would support the communities hit hardest by poverty.
Participants would be eligible to receive discounted technology products, reduced-priced service offerings, basic digital literacy training and ongoing support.
In addition, these partnerships would offer customized training, applications and tools.
Government agencies could facilitate and help qualify participants to receive technology products and inspire people to use the Internet.
Agencies could advise industry and non-profit partners how to make broadband service important to people's lives, while simultaneously making agency operations more efficient.