Muddy Waters for The FCC’s New Plan


ADOTAS -Tuesday the FCC relased a plan with over 200 recommendations on improving the U.S.’s communications infrastructure. Most of these recommendations can be adopted by the agency, but many parts of the plan require legislation. And that means (yikes!) an act of congress. Wading through the muck and the mire of the political swampland that has become the U.S. Congress as of late, while not optimal, could mean serious advantages for the future of online media.

“In every era America must confront the challenge of connecting the nation anew,” said Blair Levin, executive director of the FCC’s broadband initiative, a yearlong effort to draft the 356-page plan. “If successful, we will transform our country and, as America does when it transforms itself, transform the world.”

Such high language is being used because the new initiative has already met resistance from the television broadcasting industry. The new plan would require the FCC to reclaim some of the TV broadcast spectrum airwaves and reallocate it to wireless internet functions. And this will be a political battle because TV airwaves are owned by the usual media giants.

The FCC’s plan also calls for a dramatic expansion of affordable, high-speed Internet. A major goal is to ensure that at least 100 million homes have access to networks that allow data downloads at speeds at least 20 times faster than what most networks now deliver.

Change is inevitable, in fact, some would claim change is the only constant. What lies ahead for the communications infrastructure of the United States remains to be determined. But one thing is for sure, mud will be slung in the U.S. congress by representatives and senators voicing opinions by the opposing sides of the battle.


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