The National Broadband Plan

The National Broadband Plan was unveiled March 16th, 2012, which plans to tackle improving broadband internet access throughout the United States. One of the main goals of the project is to provide 100 million American households with access to 100Mbit/s connections by 2020. When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in 2009, it required that the FCC draft the National Broadband Plan. U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey, the author, issued a statement that the FCC would ensure that every American has access to the tools they needed to succeed.

With the plan, large areas in the US would be wired for broadband Internet access, and would also provide upgraded landline telephone service for some rural areas. President Obama called for "updating the way we get our electricity by starting to build a new smart grid that will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation. It means expanding broadband lines across America, so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world."

Goals of the National Broadband Plan

  1. At least 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second by the year 2020.
  2. The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation.
  3. Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.
  4. Every American community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals, and government buildings.
  5. To ensure the safety of the American people, every first responder should have access to a nationwide, wireless, interoperable broadband public safety network.
  6. To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.

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