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A National Broadband Plan for Our Future

09-51

Citizen's Summary

This Notice of Inquiry seeks comment to inform the development of a national broadband plan for our country. Its focus is to enable the build-out and utilization of high-speed broadband infrastructure. But “infrastructure” barely hints at the importance of what we are undertaking. Highspeed ubiquitous broadband can help to restore America’s economic well-being and open the doors of opportunity for more Americans, no matter who they are, where they live, or the particular circumstances of their lives. It is technology that intersects with just about every great challenge facing our nation. 

In the forty years since ARPANET first connected four academic research labs in 1969, the Internet has transformed the way those who have access to it live their lives. 1 Indeed, since the last major revision of the Communications Act 2 in 1996 in which the Internet was mentioned only briefly, the Internet has become an integral part not only of American life, but of global life. In 1996, Americans who accessed the Internet did so largely through dial-up connections. A small percentage of the population subscribed to cell phone service. Cable was a locally-regulated video delivery platform; satellite-to-the-home and the World Wide Web were in their infancy. Today, the majority of U.S. businesses and households have broadband connections, and access to the Internet through a variety of technologies – fiber, copper, cable, wireless, and satellite 3 – is an integral and critical part of American life. 
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