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FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI AND SBA ADMINISTRATOR MILLS HIGHLIGHT BROADBAND BENEFITS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Released: March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010
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FCC CHAIRMAN GENACHOWSKI AND SBA ADMINISTRATOR MILLS

HIGHLIGHT BROADBAND BENEFITS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Small businesses challenged with access, usage, and education around broadband


Washington, D.C. -- Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Small Business
Administrator Karen Mills outlined working recommendations in the National Broadband Plan
that will promote job creation and economic opportunity by providing small businesses with
more choices, training, and support for broadband.
"Broadband can have a dramatic effect on small businesses -- a key engine for new job creation
in our economy," said Chairman Genachowski in a speech at the D.C. Department of Small and
Local Business Development. "Arming these businesses with cutting-edge technology and
innovative tools doesn't just help local businesses reach local customers -- it brings them a
world-wide market for their goods and services."
Recognizing the importance of broadband for ensuring America's economic development and
leadership, Congress and the President tasked the FCC with developing a National Broadband
Plan to connect the country to affordable, world-class, high-speed Internet.
"Connecting more small businesses to high-speed Internet will allow them to find new markets,
grow and create jobs," said Administrator Mills. "We must continue to look for opportunities to
provide small businesses access to the best possible resources and technical support they need to
maximize the potential broadband offers."
Although most businesses have broadband access today, there are still noticeable gaps in
application adoption, rural business access, and competitive offerings for businesses. Moreover,
small businesses are challenged with putting broadband to the proper use and maximizing its
potential.
Working recommendations in the National Broadband Plan include:
Review competition rules to ensure broadband choice for small businesses
Collaborate with SBA to expand resources and opportunities for small businesses with
regards to IT and broadband
Pilot new entrepreneurial mentoring programs along with the Economic Development
Administration

Create a public-private partnership for digital literacy training to support small businesses
in the country's neediest areas
The FCC will deliver the National Broadband Plan to Congress by March 17, 2010.

Read Chairman Genachowski's full remarks:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296675A1.pdf

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