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Landrieu Comments on Release of National Broadband Plan
Mar 16, 2010 (04:03 PM EDT)
Includes several Landrieu recommendations to expand high-speed Internet
WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today commented on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) release of the National Broadband Plan to increase broadband Internet access in every corner of the country.
"The National Broadband Plan released by the FCC encourages the nationwide expansion of broadband Internet services to homes and businesses," Sen. Landrieu said. "Increasing rural small businesses competitiveness and improving the quality of education available to our students, broadband expansion has the ability to touch nearly 100 million Americans that are without Internet access and 14 million Americans who could not have access to the service even if they wanted it. Enacting this plan will ensure that businesses in the most unserved and underserved areas of the country have the ability to compete with businesses in more technologically developed areas, spurring economic growth in rural parts of the nation.
"In the coming weeks, the Small Business Committee will hold an oversight hearing to review the impact of the National Broadband Plan on small businesses, particularly businesses in rural areas. We will continue our oversight of the broadband grant initiatives enacted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to ensure the money is reaching rural small businesses that want to jumpstart their local economies."
The National Broadband Plan calls for a 10-year period to:
Senator Landrieu has been an advocate for broadband Internet expansion -- co-sponsoring the Broadband Data Improvement Act that became law in October of 2008. This law encourages the deployment of high-speed Internet access to areas that need it, most notably rural communities. In December 2009, Sen. Landrieu sent a letter to the FCC citing the impact broadband expansion can have on small business growth. To view a copy of Sen. Landrieu's letter, please click here.
In a February letter to FCC Chair Julius Genachowski, Sen. Landrieu cited several policy recommendations that were included in the National Broadband Plan, including:
To read details on these policy recommendations, please read the full letter here.
The complete Plan, along with the press release from the FCC and an executive summary, can be viewed by clicking here.
SOURCE U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship