Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on measuring broadband deployment. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Foundation Director of Policy Amina Fazlullah:
The primary goal of the national Broadband Plan is for 100 million U.S. homes to have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second by 2020. In today’s NOI, the FCC is using its broad powers under Section 706 of the Communications Act to ask the right questions and take the right measurements to ensure the U.S. reaches our stated goal. The Benton Foundation welcomes the FCC action and its potential positive impact on advancing other national priorities including civic participation, public safety and homeland security, healthcare, and education.