The position of Copps was echoed by fellow Democratic Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein, saying that the FCC today launched "a long overdue and desperately needed national broadband policy." Reflecting both on years of Commission inaction on the issue, and on the fact that the current proceeding is mandated by the federal stimulus package, Adelstein concluded "it should not have taken an Act of Congress to get us to do our jobs."
Both Copps and Adelstein repeatedly referred to the national broadband plan as requiring a mutli-agency, multidisciplinary, and combined local-state-federal governmental approach. As Chairman Copps stated, the plan will take "not a stovepipe approach, but a cross cutting effort." He referenced the need to regard broadband policy as involving a wide range of interconnected issues, including smart grids for electrical distribution, public safety and homeland security communications, education, rural development, and healthcare.
|Acting FCC Chairman Michael J. Copps|
Demonstrating the importance of the National Broadband Plan NOI, the Commission revised the meeting agenda early in the day in order to put the broadband item first. With the agenda change, the Commission also brought forward two other previously docketed items on the "Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming" (MB Docket No. 07-269), and "Promoting Diversification of Ownership In the Broadcasting Services" (MB Docket No. 07-294). In voting to move ahead with the latter two dockets, both Copps and Adelstein again spoke to the idea that the Commission was finally acting in areas that had been neglected under the Bush Administration, despite the existence of congressional mandates.
A digital audio and video recording of today's Commission open meeting is viewable for free via the Real Player platform at the FCC Events page. The NOI launches FCC Docket No. GN 09-51. StimulatingBroadband.com