Broadband technology enables transmission of wide ranging information contributing to safety, health and economic well-being. Broadband is a platform for opportunity and innovation in health care, education, energy, job training, civic engagement, commercial transactions, government performance, public safety and other areas. Due in large part to private investment and market-driven innovation, broadband in America has improved considerably in the last decade. More Americans are online at faster speeds than ever before, yet challenges to the availability, adoption and utilization of broadband remain.
The National Broadband Plan
The National Broadband Plan, released by the FCC on March 17, 2010, established a roadmap for initiatives to stimulate economic growth, spur job creation and boost America's capabilities in education, health care, homeland security and more. The plan includes sections focusing on economic opportunity, education, health care, energy and the environment, government performance, civic engagement and public safety.
Measuring Broadband America
Measuring Broadband America is the FCC's ongoing nationwide performance study of broadband service in the United States, including fixed wireline service as well as mobile. The program developed out of a recommendation by the National Broadband Plan to improve the availability of broadband service information for consumers. Reports on fixed broadband using technologies such as cable and DSL offer results of rigorous broadband performance testing for 13 of the largest wireline broadband providers serving more than 80 percent of the U.S. residential market. In September 2012, the FCC announced it was expanding the program to include U.S. mobile broadband service performance. The program uses the FCC Speed Test app for Android and iPhone devices.
Increasing access to broadband, its many uses and the National Broadband Plan itself have been subject of numerous blog posts over the years. Read up broadband as covered by FCC bloggers.