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Thursday, August 07, 2003


FCC announces initiatives for Rural America

FCC announces initiatives for Rural America:

"Tremendous Opportunities to Build Digital Communications Capabilities of Rural America" (Chairman Powell's Statement) (PDF format)

FCC Looks at Data on Growth of Broadband Subscribership in Rural Areas (PDF format)

FCC Commences Lands of Opportunity Initiative for Rural America (PDF format)

FCC Announces Rural Wireless ISP Showcase and Workshop (PDF format)

FCC Begins Process to Bring Digital TV to Rural America (PDF format)

New Telecommunications Policy for Alaska Areas (PDF format)

Most telling were comments by Commisioner Copps in his own separate statement:

" We need to be awake to the possibility that there might be a lesson or two for us in the hardscrabble experiences of other nations that enjoy higher broadband penetration rates. And let's look at communities right here at home that have broadband choices and study why their neighbors up the road may not. We also need to ask about what role the government should take to ensure that advanced services are available for everyone, everywhere. In fact, a lot of municipal governments are moving ahead and deploying broadband where the private sector has been reluctant to go. We need to understand the "whys" and "hows" of this growing phenomenon much better than we do today."

"If rural communities still lack access to broadband, how can we say deployment to all Americans is reasonable and timely? And what targeted actions are we taking to do something about it? In other words, what are we doing about the lingering white spaces on so many of the Bureau's diagrams today?"

(Links from Dewayne Hendricks via his Dewayne-Net mailing list and thanks to Jim Baller for highlighting Copps' pithy comments that I've quoted)


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