National Broadband Plan

On March 16th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled its much anticipated National Broadband Plan. The plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, outlines a number of specific recommendations for policy makers over the next decade to help ensure universal access to high-speed internet in the United States.  

Congress tasked the FCC with developing the comprehensive plan as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which passed in February 2009.

 The National Broadband Plan discusses a wide array of topics, including a section entitled “Supporting Entrepreneurship and America’s Small Businesses.” While SBA’s Office of Advocacy is still reviewing the plan’s impact on small businesses, we commend the FCC for completing this important task. The plan may be found at http://download.broadband.gov/plan/national-broadband-plan.pdf and additional information may be found at http://www.broadband.gov/. Advocacy will continue to monitor this initiative and we look forward to assisting the agency in the future in implementing the plan’s small business recommendations.

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  1. Olufemi Taiwo says

    This national broadband plan is an important economic intervention. Increased ability to access goods on the internet will encourage competition and benefit consumers in areas that currently have low rates of internet access. On the other hand, the informational tools that the internet affords provides potentially significant productivity gains for entrepreneurs. A convincing theoretical argument can be made that this structural improvement will increase domestic product in these areas, and there exists evidence that this has held up empirically, given a study by the University of Kansas (http://www.kansasinc.org/pubs/working/Internet%20and%20Growth.pdf ). If small businesses are to compete on a world scale, internet access is surely the lowest-hanging fruit.

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