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  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:29:28 -0600

The reaction of TV Technology to the "working recommendations" of the FCC 
broadband plan sort of mirror my own. The TV Technology article is copied below.

The URL to the FCC viewgraph report is:


I guess I don't understand the whole process. My aproach would have been to 
create a plan for deploying broadband nationwide, to whatever level of service 
the FCC defines as legitimate for "broadband." Instead, the FCC is getting into 
what looks more like a sales pitch extolling the advantages of broadband in a 
lot of different industries.

If Congress wants the FCC to develop a broadband PLAN, presumably Congress 
already knows that broadband is a good thing to have. They didn't ask the FCC 
to develop possible ways that broadband could be helpful, they asked for an 
implementation plan. At least, that's the way I read it.



FCC Unveils Broadband Plan 'Working Recommendations'

Touting a sunny future of better living through universal broadband access, the 
FCC released "working recommendations" on how to make the best of broadband to 
transform healthcare, education, energy and the environment, government, public 
safety and homeland security, job training and small business.

FCC Commissioners released the recommendations at their monthly meeting 
Thursday (Feb. 18). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the "Stimulus 
Bill") has called for a Broadband Plan from the commission by March 17.

So far, the plan is a whole lot of big wishes and broad policy goals, 
identifying the areas where technology could transform the economy and society.

"Broadband can help the country achieve better results in important areas by 
facilitating the flow of information; removing barriers of time and space; and 
making data accessible for research, applications, and decision-making, all 
while protecting privacy," the commission said in a statement accompanying the 

Here is the initial outline of the recommendations, with more detail to be 
released later:


* Challenge: The current job training system is fragmented and difficult to 
expand or contract to accommodate changing demands for service.

* Solutions: Accelerate efforts to deliver employment assistance, including job 
training and placement services, on a scalable online platform.

* Challenge: Small businesses are less likely to use broadband to increase 

* Solutions: Launch public-private partnership to expand efforts to provide 
technology training for small and disadvantaged businesses.


* Challenge: Remote monitoring of vital signs and electronic health records 
could save $700 billion over 15-25 years, but the U.S. lags in health IT 

* Solutions: Create conditions for broader adoption and innovation in e-care 
technologies; reduce regulatory barriers to increase access to care.

* Challenge: Many healthcare providers lack broadband connections or pay high 

* Solutions: Ensure all providers have access to affordable broadband by 
transforming the Rural Health Care Program to subsidize both ongoing costs and 
network deployment, while expanding the definition of eligible providers.


* Challenge: While 97 percent of public elementary and secondary schools have 
Internet access, speeds are insufficient.

* Solution: Upgrade E-rate program to provide additional connectivity, 
flexibility and efficiency.

* Challenge: Online learning can reduce time required to learn by half and 
increase course completion rates, but there are barriers to wider adoption.

* Solutions: Remove regulatory barriers to online learning; increase supply of 
digital content and online learning systems; promote digital literacy for 
students and teachers.
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