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plans to spend $8
billion to expand broadband service to more than 18 million citizens in
rural America who lack high speed Internet access. In a speech, Julius
Genachowski (FCC chairman) called access to broadband "a necessity":
has gone from being a luxury to being a necessity for full participation in our
economy and society," Mr. Genachowski said. "This plan will bring enormous
benefits to individual consumers, our national economy and our global
Walter B. McCormick Jr., (President
and Chief Executive of USTelecom) a broadband industry trade association said:
"We applaud Chairman Genachowski for his commitment to connecting all Americans
to high-speed broadband"
When more details are revealed we
will learn if this new plan will truly help citizens in rural America. Since
the National Broadband Plan has been
under way for many years it is not entirely clear why more Americans do not
already have high speed Internet access.
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