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."