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Former FCC Commissioner Says Leave Broadband to Business, Not Government

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

In a guest editorial published late last week in the Tennessean, she praises the agency’s efforts in transparency in putting the plan together: “The very nature of the public participation was primarily due to dazzling technologies already available to most Americans. From the 23,000 online comments to blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the FCC succeeded in meeting one important goal: increased civic engagement.”

She also commends the plan’s chapter regarding integrating digital literacy into classrooms, “ensuring that our children are taught not merely keyboarding but keys for safety in cyberspace.”

Taylor Tate adds that “we all want world-class education, health care and jobs,” and then cites Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who said: “The government does not have unlimited resources to support even the most worthwhile efforts.”


Taylor Tate heartily agrees in her article with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks that “government has a crucial, but restrained, role” and that private investment and competition “play a vital role” in broadband expansion.

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

In a guest editorial published late last week in the Tennessean, she praises the agency’s efforts in transparency in putting the plan together: “The very nature of the public participation was primarily due to dazzling technologies already available to most Americans. From the 23,000 online comments to blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the FCC succeeded in meeting one important goal: increased civic engagement.”

She also commends the plan’s chapter regarding integrating digital literacy into classrooms, “ensuring that our children are taught not merely keyboarding but keys for safety in cyberspace.”

Taylor Tate adds that “we all want world-class education, health care and jobs,” and then cites Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who said: “The government does not have unlimited resources to support even the most worthwhile efforts.”


Taylor Tate heartily agrees in her article with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks that “government has a crucial, but restrained, role” and that private investment and competition “play a vital role” in broadband expansion.

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Discussion of Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event on High-Capacity Applications and Gigabit Connectivity

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club released the first video of its Broadband Breakfast Club Virtual Event, on “How High-Capacity Applications Are Driving Gigabit Connectivity.”

The dialogue featured Dr. Glenn Ricart, Chief Technology Officer, US IGNITESheldon Grizzle of GigTank in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Todd MarriottExecutive Director of UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, and Drew ClarkChairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com.

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

In a guest editorial published late last week in the Tennessean, she praises the agency’s efforts in transparency in putting the plan together: “The very nature of the public participation was primarily due to dazzling technologies already available to most Americans. From the 23,000 online comments to blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the FCC succeeded in meeting one important goal: increased civic engagement.”

She also commends the plan’s chapter regarding integrating digital literacy into classrooms, “ensuring that our children are taught not merely keyboarding but keys for safety in cyberspace.”

Taylor Tate adds that “we all want world-class education, health care and jobs,” and then cites Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who said: “The government does not have unlimited resources to support even the most worthwhile efforts.”


Taylor Tate heartily agrees in her article with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks that “government has a crucial, but restrained, role” and that private investment and competition “play a vital role” in broadband expansion.

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WASHINGTON, March 30, 2010 – Deborah Taylor Tate, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, lauds some of the agency’s National Broadband Plan, but cautions that government should stay focused on “light touch” policies that spur innovation.

In a guest editorial published late last week in the Tennessean, she praises the agency’s efforts in transparency in putting the plan together: “The very nature of the public participation was primarily due to dazzling technologies already available to most Americans. From the 23,000 online comments to blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the FCC succeeded in meeting one important goal: increased civic engagement.”

She also commends the plan’s chapter regarding integrating digital literacy into classrooms, “ensuring that our children are taught not merely keyboarding but keys for safety in cyberspace.”

Taylor Tate adds that “we all want world-class education, health care and jobs,” and then cites Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker who said: “The government does not have unlimited resources to support even the most worthwhile efforts.”


Taylor Tate heartily agrees in her article with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s remarks that “government has a crucial, but restrained, role” and that private investment and competition “play a vital role” in broadband expansion.

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