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Released: November 8, 2012
FCC CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Recommendation regarding broadband adoption outreach strategies
WHEREAS broadband has been widely identified as an essential contributor to economic
growth, national competitiveness and civic engagement in the digital age; and
WHEREAS broadband adoption has been prioritized by the Commission and by other
Federal and State governmental entities as a strategic goal;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission should be commended for its
efforts to prioritize and promote broadband adoption generally and through targeted
programs focusing on disadvantaged communities; and
MOREOVER that the Commission should be encouraged to continue and expand
outreach to the broadband Internet ecosystem, including specifically to non-regulated
industries and other stakeholders outside its traditional regulatory ambit who nevertheless
rely upon and benefit from robust broadband deployment and adoption, so as to expand
awareness of the importance of broadband adoption and encourage participation in
broadband adoption programs, efforts and initiatives; and
MOREOVER that the Commission should be encouraged to highlight the important role
of regional and local stakeholders (including tribal nations, governmental entities, and
organizations representing underserved communities in broadband adoption) with the
track record, expertise and capacity to engage in broadband adoption programs and to
specifically facilitate inclusion of such partners in broadband adoption program organized
by or facilitated through the Federal government, including the creation of a website for
this purpose; and
MOREOVER that the Commission should be encouraged to regularly convene the
leaders of the various Federal departments and independent agencies with an interest in
promoting broadband adoption to determine best practices for cooperating, sharing
resources, promoting opportunities, and establishing or facilitating broadband adoption
efforts; and

FINALLY that the Commission should regularly report to its Consumer Advisory
Committee on the progress being made to implement these recommendations.
Adopted: September 21, 2012
Respectfully Submitted:
Debra R. Berlyn, Chairperson
FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

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