FCC to Delay National Broadband Report

Friday Jan 8th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Saying that it needs more time, the Federal Communications Commission has informed Congress that it will not meet the February 17 report deadline.

cnet: The Federal Communications Commission was supposed to give Congress a National Broadband Plan by February 17, but the agency is running at least a month behind. The FCC has been working since last April to complete the report, which was funded with economic stimulus money.

"In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to more fully brief commissioners and key members of Congress, to get additional input from stakeholders, and to fully digest the exhaustive record before the agency, the chairman has requested from congressional leaders a short extension of four weeks in order to deliver the final plan," said Colin Crowell, senior counselor to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

The final report may include recommendations for revamping the FCC's $7 billion Universal Service Fund and reallocating wireless spectrum, as well as ideas for making broadband access more available.

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