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.
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.