FCC, Knight Foundation hold broadband summit


The Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation will be hosting a gathering at the Newseum in Washington DC that will provide a sneak preview of portions of the soon-to-be-released National Broadband Plan. The meeting is set for Tuesday 3/9/10 at 12:30PM.

The program is entitled “America’s Digital Inclusion Summit: Working Together to Expand Opportunity Through Universal Access.

According to the FCC, speakers will include FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen, various Members of Congress, former Solicitor General and Knight Commission co-chairman Ted Olson, FCC Commissioners Michael Copps, Mignon Clyburn, and Meredith Attwell Baker, and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

The FCC wrote, “Nearly a third of American households lack broadband access at home, even when it is available in their community. The program will unveil some of the working recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan for increasing the nation’s rate of broadband adoption, a critical goal in an era when broadband is central to education, job search and training, economic development, and the information needs of communities.”

RBR-TVBR observation: One thing seems absolutely certain – the FCC will not be asking for another extension to complete the report. All signs are that the NBP plane is out of the hangar, approaching the tarmac and nearly cleared for take-off.