FCC Launches "Blogband," Twitter Microblog to Track National Broadband Plan
As the FCC moves along with its National Broadband Plan, the FCC has launched a blog and social network services to let you keep track of developments and contribute comments. The "Blogband" blog at http://blog.broadband.gov/ and a Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/fccdotgov will chronicle the development of the plan and invite followers to comment on its progress.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, in the first Blogband posting, wrote, "We want [the policy development] to be a two-way conversation. The feedback, ideas, and discussions generated on this blog will be critical in developing the best possible National Broadband Plan."
The FCC faces a February 17, 2010 deadline to establish a broadband plan that includes how broadband technology can be used to "advance solutions to national priorities, including health care, education, energy, public safety, job creation [and] investment."
Nearly two dozen "workshops," public meetings seeking input from the public and industries, are being held this summer. A top official involved in the broadband project told me that the plan will seek to create innovative applications and access systems. Those opportunities could eventually translate into entrepreneurial ventures for broadband technology suppliers.