National Broadband Plan

In response to the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the following statement was issued by Jonathan Rintels, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media:

The FCC gets a standing ovation from independent media artists for its visionary National Broadband Plan. The economic, social, and cultural benefits of this critical 21st century investment in networking all our nation’s communities together via the Internet will vastly outweigh its cost, connecting artists directly with their audience and enabling more high quality media choices at lower cost. Add universal broadband’s proven benefits of economic development, improved health care, greater access to education, energy conservation, homeland security, and government transparency, and it’s clear that implementing the National Broadband Plan will significantly improve the lives of Americans for generations to come.

Now comes the hard part: the FCC, the Congress, and the Obama Administration must turn the National Broadband Plan’s vision into reality for all Americans.

We’re particularly gratified that the FCC’s National Broadband Plan incorporates many of the goals, rationales, and strategies contained in two reports we’ve authored: AN ACTION PLAN FOR AMERICA: Using Technology and Innovation to Address Our Nation’s Critical Challenges, for the Benton Foundation, and The Case for Universal Broadband in America: Now! Both reports are available at our website.

Earlier, we wrote about the National Broadband Plan:

Recently, Creative Voices joined the Benton Foundation in urging the FCC to adopt a visionary blueprint for a National Broadband Plan, modeled on our report, AN ACTION PLAN FOR AMERICA: Using Technology and Innovation to Address Our Nation’s Critical Challenges. The ACTION PLAN proposes that President Barack Obama take immediate action to connect the nation to broadband, which will unleash billions of dollars in economic development, create over a million jobs, enhance America’s global competitiveness, deliver superior health care and education, reduce energy consumption and environmental degradation, improve public safety and homeland security, and reinvigorate democracy. A copy of our FCC Comments are at the link below.

The Center for Creative Voices in Media was pleased to author the 62 page ACTION PLAN for the Benton Foundation.

“On January 20, 2009, Americans will turn to President Barack Obama to make good on the promises he made during the 2008 election,” said Charles Benton, Chairman, CEO and Trustee of the Benton Foundation. “One clear goal articulated by candidate Obama is that every American should have the highest speed broadband access – no matter where they live, or how much money they have. This goal is not achievable overnight nor with the simple stroke of a pen. However, President Obama can immediately exercise strong leadership to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy by acting to craft a National Broadband Strategy.”

“In this time of economic hardship, the Obama Administration should undertake a concerted national effort to deploy universal, robust, open, and affordable broadband Internet access that will unleash billions of dollars of economic development and create over a million jobs,” said ACTION PLAN author Jonathan Rintels, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media. “The economic, social, and cultural benefits of this critical 21st century investment in broadband will vastly outweigh its cost, delivering better health care, education, energy conservation, homeland security, and government transparency for generations to come.”

The ACTION PLAN includes a draft Executive Order that President Obama should sign immediately upon taking office to establish and implement a National Broadband Strategy that will achieve the goal of universal, robust, open, and affordable broadband, as well as enhance our nation’s global competitiveness, as quickly as possible.

The ACTION PLAN builds on our work in last year’s report, The Case for Universal Broadband in America: Now!

A copy of the ACTION PLAN is available at: http://benton.org/action_plan