February 16, 2010

FCC to Propose 100 Megabit per Second Broadband Standard

FCC Chairman Genachowski's Remarks, "Broadband: Our Enduring Engine for Prosperity and Opportunity", NARUC Conference.

Our plan will set goals for the U.S. to have the world’s largest market of very high-speed broadband users. A “100 Squared” initiative -- 100 million households at 100 megabits per second -- to unleash American ingenuity and ensure that businesses, large and small, are created here, move here, and stay here. And we should stretch beyond 100 megabits. The U.S. should lead the world in ultra-high-speed broadband testbeds as fast, or faster, than anywhere in the world. In the global race to the top, this will help ensure that America has the infrastructure to host the boldest innovations that can be imagined. Google announced a one gigabit testbed initiative just a few days ago -- and we need others to drive competition to invent the future.

We also must commit ourselves to a path to lead the world in mobile broadband. It is growing clearer every day that broadband is the future of mobile and mobile is the future of broadband. We need to capture that future and its benefits here in the United States.

Other countries with broadband plans have universality goals ranging from 1 to 2 megabits. Our goal for universal service will be higher. Opportunity also means that we need to move our adoption rates significantly -- from the current 65 percent to at least 90 percent.

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