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FCC begins rollout of national broadband policies

Roll up your sleeves. Now the hard work begins.

The Federal Communications Commission will begin the long process of creating regulations out of its national broadband plan, starting with a half-dozen policy inquiries and proposed rules to be announced at its April 21 meeting.

Of the dozens of recommendations offered to Congress on March 17, they've decided to start with: USF reform, mobile data roaming, set-top-box reform and cybersecurity. The agency has said it would roll out more than 40 policy proposals from its plan.

That includes a proposal to reform the Universal Service Fund, a phone service subsidy. The proposal will add broadband services to the $8 billion annual fund.

The FCC will look into a mobile roaming order that would make data roaming available for consumers seeking Internet access on their phones outside their service area.

The agency will begin to explore with a notice of inquiry on television set-top-box reforms, “seeking comment on best approaches to assure the commercial availability of smart video devices and other equipment used to access the services of multi-channel video programming distributors.”

The agency will propose new rules on cable cards for set-top boxes to “improve operation of that framework pending the development of a successor framework.”

It will accept public comments on the quality and protection of networks to “reduce vulnerability to network failures.”

And the agency will look into whether it should establish a voluntary program for carriers to obtain cyber security certification.

By Cecilia Kang  |  March 31, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
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Why does everyone need broadband? Perhaps it's to make it look like we're not going backwards and have been for at least 50 years.

Posted by: n7uno | April 1, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

@n7uno - The Gov't believes everyone needs it.. It's about Gov't control and censorship of information to the general public.

Posted by: conservnva | April 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The gov is intending to protect the public from monopolistic practices & censorship inflicted by broadband/telecom companies, stemming from republican policies over the past few decades. Their legal monopolies need to be retracted and they need controls slapped on them. Competition will lower prices, increase service availability and quality, and will be better all around for consumers.

Posted by: privacy3 | April 1, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Set Top Box, Terminal that connects to Server Farm Blade,for that System, Is BEST Back Up. using computer Is FUN, Yet Like piano, takes real time & Effort. Costly Time & Effort.

Having Set Top Box first will Give Person learning skills to Transition to inexpensive Machine, Desktop Computer. Capable of Failing At ANY Moment. When Happens & Will, Often, using SeT Top Box as ?Back Up is REsource that Gives Learner, Time To Explore Problem, Maybe Even Rebuild Unit & Move ahead, so much Wiser.


Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | April 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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