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The Week in Review: National Broadband Plan Steps to the Fore

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WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Broadband Plan took a Great Leap Forward last week as the Federal Communications Communication accepted reply comments on Tuesday (first-round filings were due June 8) in its mammoth proceeding.

By February 17, 2010, the FCC is charged with producing this national plan, and it appears to be taking this responsibility very seriously. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has recruited Blair Levin, himself a contender for the top FCC slot, to run this plan, and the agency appears to be gearing up to run full steam through August with a series of public workshops.

In the reply comments filed last week, a divide was apparent between providers, who urged the FCC to be cautious in its scope, and tech companies and content providers who appeared to be the agency’s key cheerleaders in its ambition to bring cheap, universal broadband throughout the nation.

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Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. He is an attorney who works with cities, communities and companies to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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