National Broadband Plan

The National Broadband Plan was created by the staff of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and authored by America. The plan, which was mandated by a stimulus bill, was started in April 2009, with 36 public workshops involving 10,000 people, both online and in-person, to provide ideas for the plan. 31 different public notices helped refine the ideas and generated comments totaling 74,000 pages from 700 different parties. Hearings were held throughout the country to clarify issues and address the plan. Collaboration and conversations with government agencies and Congress were necessary since some issues of the plan were not within the expertise of the FCC. It is believed that countries with some kind of broadband plan do much better than those without.