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Levin Returns to FCC; Helps Lead National Broadband Plan

Telecom analyst Blair Levin, a technology adviser for President Obama during his presidential campaign and transition, will be heading to the Federal Communications Commission to help coordinate the agency's national broadband plan.

The FCC made the announcement in a release today. Levin, a managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, is a telecom policy veteran who served as chief of staff for former FCC chairman Reed Hundt between 1993 and 1997, when the commission was charged with implementing the 1996 Telecom Act.

Levin worked closely with Julius Genachowski, Obama's pick to chair the FCC, on Obama's tech strategy during the campaign and transition, which led to the inclusion of broadband network projects in the economic stimulus plan. Levin returns to the FCC as Obama pledges to make broadband, or high-speed, Internet policy available to all Americans and use it to help spur economic growth.

As part of Obama's Recovery Act, or stimulus plan, the FCC was charged to come up with a strategy in one year to make broadband accessible to all households. The FCC is charged to also address questions of how to make broadband service available to those who can't afford it and to figure out ways to train people with computer use and Web access. In addition, Congress has allocated $7.2 billion in broadband deployment grants to companies to bring access to rural and underserved areas.

By Cecilia Kang  |  June 5, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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Aren't there going to be any free enterprises left in America? I really don't feel comfortable with the government controlling my internet access where they could block the access they want to allow to their citizens (or their comrades you could say sort of like China or Russia, huh?) People in this country anymore seem to have this thought process of "government/free to me". Well, the truth is "government/costs me too much in taxes/and doesn't work".

Posted by: curious3 | June 11, 2009 2:00 PM

Why is goverment spending 7.2 billion dollars of our tax money as a give-away to the telecommunication companies? The ONLY thing government should do is deregulate the industry to the point that there is more competition. The free market works just fine. Beside, Japan has had a nationwide internet that is 10X faster than ours for many years and it has done NOTHING to get their economy out of the doldrums. So why does anyone think it will be different here? Just more stupid nanny-state Federal Government blowing our hard earned money on dumb ideas.

Posted by: moonwatcher2001 | June 12, 2009 10:25 AM

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