WASHINGTON, June 2, 2010 -- A bipartisan coalition of 40 congressional officials has sent FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski a letter asserting that the official government goal of 4 megabits per second for rural broadband is too low.
“Our concern is the [National Broadband Plan] sets the United States on a course toward a greater digital divide between urban and rural areas by proposing 4 mbps as the goal for rural regions while boasting about the benefits of 100 mbps for more densely populated areas,” they wrote.
The letter goes onto say that this threshold will not allow for the future development of bandwidth intensive applications. Additionally, it is not nearly enough to carry a reasonable amount of data for the current demands of the health care or public safety communities.
The authors criticize the organization for abandoning the "universal service" methodology for expanding telecommunications service and trying a new path. They claim this will create regulatory uncertainty that small rural telecom firms will be unable to navigate. They also believe that these recommendations will lead to job loss and a decrease in capital investment.
The letter was signed by a number of lawmakers from states with rural concerns including Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Leonard Boswell (D- Iowa).
- Broadband Roundup: Britain and Huawei, EPIC Fights Against Facial Recognition, E-Rate Fiber
- Panelists Debate Federal Role in Digital Privacy, But Agree Upon Need to Minimize Algorithmic Bias
- FCC ‘Coloring Outside the Lines’ on Broadband Mapping, Say Critics at Next Century Cities Event
- Broadband Advocates at Next Century Cities Emphasize Importance of Building Community Networks
- Advocates for Digital Inclusion Address Different Facets of Bridging the Digital Divide
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
Broadband Data8 months ago
Pennsylvania Broadband Speeds Worse Than Previously Believed, According to State Report
Broadband Data7 months ago
California Report: Income Most Significant Factor in Low Broadband Adoption
Intellectual Property6 months ago
In Congressional Oversight Hearing, Register of Copyrights Says Office Is Responding to Online Users
Privacy and Security5 months ago
Comparing Privacy Policies for Wearable Fitness Trackers: Apple, Fitbit, Xiaomi and Under Armour
FCC10 years ago
Telecom Companies Are Using Fight Interrupting Oscar Ceremony Broadcast To Manipulate Public and FCC, Argue Broadcasters
Antitrust5 months ago
Addressing the Impact of Big Data Upon Antitrust is More Complicated Than a Big Tech Breakup
Expert Opinion6 months ago
Geoff Mulligan: A ‘Dumb’ Way to Build Smart Cities
Broadband's Impact10 years ago
Make No Mistake: Internet Content Subscription Models will come!