The congressionally-mandated 2/17/10 due date for the National Broadband Plan is looking a little too daunting for the FCC, which is now asking for an extra month to put it all together. It is pleading that the massive volume of public comment and need to fully brief the five commissioners warrant the delay.
The two Commerce Committees have the right to decide whether congressional thumbs will turn up or down.
Commissioner Robert McDowell indicated understanding and displeasure, saying, “I am disappointed that the FCC’s broadband team is unable to deliver a national broadband plan to Congress by the statutorily mandated deadline. At the same time, I appreciate that Chairman Genachowski shared the news of his decision with me Tuesday afternoon. Once we receive a draft plan, I hope the document will reflect the benefit of the additional time being taken to prepare it.”