FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announced a Public-Private Broadband Adoption Initiative to Extend Digital Literacy Training and Provide Employment Assistance to Communities
On October 12, 2011, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a national public-private partnership program designed to increase broadband adoption, elevate digital literacy and assist Americans in searching and training for jobs. Representatives from partner companies, non-profits and think tanks also delivered brief remarks.
According to the Pew Research Center, one-third of all Americans – 100 million people – have not adopted broadband high-speed Internet at home. The public-private partnership seeks to overcome the top obstacles to broadband adoption, including digital literacy, relevance and cost. The national program is the first major action by Chairman Genachowski’s Broadband Adoption Task force, announced in May to help close the adoption gap.