Feb 23

Past Event

National Broadband Plan: Consumer Survey Results Are In



  • Julius Genachowski

    Genachowski emphasizes the Internet''s importance for the nation''s future and success in the global community, explaining the need for a national plan to set the goals for broadband expansion.

    Darrell M. West

  • Julius Genachowski

    Genachowski says the FCC''s plan for broadband development will be a multifaceted and ambitious agenda.

  • Removing Barriers to Internet Use

    West says broadband policy needs to include measures for removing barriers that prohibit internet use. Three such barriers are: affordability, access and transmission speeds, he adds.

    Darrell M. West

  • Private-Public Partnerships

    Private-public partnerships are both critical elements for improving broadband services and expanding its reach to the American people, West states.

    Darrell M. West

  • John Horrigan

    Cost, digital literacy and accessibility are a few of the barriers that prohibit a percentage of the population from using the Internet, Horrigan says.

  • Danny Weitzner

    There is a great need to get more people engaged in broadband use, Weitzner says, and we must invest the time and energy into removing those factors that preclude Internet use.


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Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was tasked with creating a national broadband plan to expand high-speed Internet service to the entire nation. As part of its development of this national strategy, the FCC commissioned a survey to determine broadband adoption rates, the American public’s attitudes about broadband, and reasons why people may not subscribe to broadband.

Access the survey at FCC.gov » (pdf)

On February 23, the FCC unveiled the new survey findings at an event sponsored by Brookings. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski provided opening remarks on how this consumer data provides insights on America’s attitudes toward broadband and views on how to improve access for all. John Horrigan, FCC consumer research director, presented these survey results in depth and addressed how the findings will inform the final national broadband plan due to Congress on March 17. Following these remarks, Danny Weitzner, associate administrator with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at Brookings, examined these attitudinal results and how they will shape the national broadband plan.

After the program, the participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda


February 23, 2010

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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