Publish a timetable of proceedings to implement plan recommendations
On April 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission released its 2010 agenda for implementing key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan that involve rulemakings and other notice-and-comment proceedings.
The 2010 Broadband Action Agenda announced today explains the purpose and timing of more than 60 rulemakings and other notice-and-comment proceedings the Plan recommends for FCC action. Executing these steps will accelerate deployment and adoption of robust, affordable broadband for all Americans, helping 100 million U.S. homes get affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits over the next decade; promote innovation, investment, competition, and consumer interests throughout the broadband ecosystem; and advance the use of broadband for key national priorities, including public safety, health care, and education.
The 2010 Broadband Action Agenda focuses on four key goals:
Promote World-Leading Mobile Broadband Infrastructure and Innovation
- Seek to make an additional 500 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum available for mobile broadband within the next ten years.
- Increase opportunities for unlicensed devices and innovative spectrum access models.
- Expand incentives and mechanisms to reallocate or repurpose spectrum to higher-valued uses.
- Improve the transparency of spectrum allocation and utilization.
Accelerate Universal Broadband Access and Adoption, and Advance National Purposes Such as Education and Health Care
- Carry out a once-in-a-generation transformation of the Universal Service Fund over the next ten years to support broadband service. This will be achieved by converting existing subsidy mechanisms over time from “POTS” (plain old telephone service) to broadband, without increasing the size of the fund over the current baseline projection.
- Upgrade the E-rate program, which has successfully connected public libraries and K-12 classrooms, to benefit students and others across the country by making broadband more accessible.
- Reform and upgrade the Rural Health Care Program to connect more public health facilities to high-speed Internet facilities and to foster telemedicine applications and services. Create a Health Care Infrastructure Fund to support deployment of dedicated health care networks to underserved areas.
- Create a Connect America Fund to extend broadband service to unserved areas of the nation and to ensure affordable broadband service in high-cost areas where support is necessary.
- Create a Mobility Fund to bring all states to a baseline level of “3G” (or better) wireless coverage.
Foster Competition and Maximize Consumer Benefits Across the Broadband Ecosystem
- Enhance broadband and marketplace choices for small businesses and mobile providers by establishing consistent policy frameworks for special access and wholesale wireline competition.
- Improve consumer disclosures and FCC data collection to better monitor and promote broadband competition.
- Fulfill mandate from Congress to ensure that video navigation devices, such as smart video devices, are available to consumers in the marketplace, spurring innovation in home video devices and driving increased broadband adoption and utilization.
Advance Robust and Secure Public Safety Communications Networks
- Facilitate the creation of a nationwide interoperable public safety wireless broadband network.
- Promote cybersecurity and protect critical communications infrastructure.
- Aid the transition to next-generation 911 and alerting systems.
For specific details, please see the 2010 Broadband Action Agenda at http://www.broadband.gov/plan/broadband-action-agenda.html and an implementation schedule at http://www.broadband.gov/plan/chart-of-key-broadband-action-agenda-items.pdf
FCC Chapter: 17.2
Status: In progress
The Federal Communications Commission should quickly publish a timetable of proceedings to implement plan recommendations within its authority, publish an evaluation of plan progress and effectiveness as part of the annual Section 706 Advanced Services Inquiry, create a Broadband Data Depository, and continue to utilize Broadband.gov as a public resource for broadband information.
The FCC is responsible for implementing approximately half of the plan's recommendations. It should quickly publish a timetable of proceedings for implementing broadband plan recommendations directed to the FCC.
The National Broadband Plan should be periodically reviewed and revised to reflect new realities.
The FCC should conduct a National Broadband Plan strategy review as part of its annual Section 706 Advanced Services Inquiry. The review should:
- analyze plan progress and effectiveness, and, if necessary, recommend strategic and tactical adjustments that will help America meet plan goals, and
- track the implementation of plan recommendations.
FCC data collection and analysis efforts are essential to understanding the effectiveness of plan policies and the progress being made toward plan goals. The plan includes recommendations to improve the quality and transparency of this process.
The FCC should create a Broadband Data Depository on the Internet to give researchers and the public better access to the FCC's data.
The FCC should have a general policy of making the data it collects available to the public, ideally over the Internet, except in certain circumstances such as when the data are competitively sensitive, protected by copyright or classified.
The FCC should have a separate process for allowing researchers access to non-public data, subject to certain restrictions.
The FCC should continue to utilize Broadband.gov, which has been a successful Web portal for communicating with the public in an open and interactive fashion about the development of the National Broadband Plan.
Going forward, this website should serve as a source for tracking the implementation of the plan. It should also serve as a consumer resource for information about broadband.
In addition to hosting the Broadband Performance Dashboard, Broadband.gov should contain updates on the progress made in implementing each recommendation, links to the National Broadband Map, access to broadband quality tests and surveys, details on how to obtain computer literacy education, and links to third-party resources from which consumers can purchase broadband.