Improving Broadband and Mobile Communications
Recognizing the need to expand the U.S. broadband network to ensure America’s infrastructure and economic development, Congress tasked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with developing a national broadband plan by February 17, 2010. On September 21, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivered remarks on the national broadband plan and other communications issues.
Darrell West, Brookings vice president and director of Governance Studies discussed his new study on what consumers in four countries, including the United States, want from mobile communications. Other panelists participated in a discussion about broadband and mobile communications and offer ideas for improving access in the United States.
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