Thursday, June 4, 2009

TIA Outlines Roadmap for National Broadband Plan

In comments filed with the FCC, the Telecommunications Industry (TIA) outlined six key principles that it believes should govern any national broadband plan in the United States. Specifically, it believes that the Commission should work to:

  • enhance efforts to stimulate investment and innovation in next-generation broadband;

  • pursue forward-looking spectrum management and the allocation of additional spectrum;

  • strive to provide communications to all Americans, including low-income Americans and those in rural areas, and persons with disabilities;

  • support open and fair market access for U.S. companies by promoting full, fair and open trade and competition in international markets;

  • foster investment by increasing federal funding, and employing tax credits, expensing provisions, and similar tools; and

  • promote the development of a broadband interoperable public safety network capable of protecting all communities in the event of further domestic disasters.

TIA also included a "Roadmap" with a timeline setting targeted goals over the next three years for use as guideposts in moving forward with the National Broadband Plan.

The 49-page FCC filing is posted on the TIA website.

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