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Broadband Deployment Plan Should Include Performance Goals and Measures to Guide Federal Investment : Report to the Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives

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The United States ranks 15th among the 30 democratic nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on one measure of broadband (i.e., high-speed Internet) subscribership. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has regulatory authority over broadband, and several federal programs fund broadband deployment. This congressionally requested report discusses (1) the federal broadband deployment policy, principal federal programs, and stakeholders' views of those programs; (2) how the policies of OECD nations with higher subscribership rates compare with U.S. policy; and (3) actions the states have taken to encourage broadband deployment. To address these objectives, GAO analyzed the broadband policies of the United States and other OECD nations, reviewed federal program documentation and budgetary information, and interviewed federal and state officials and industry stakeholders.In developing the required broadband plan, the Chairman, FCC, should work with the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce to specify performance goals and measures for broadband deployment and to define the departments' roles and responsibilities in carrying out the plan. FCC generally agreed with GAO's recommendations.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ii, 39 p.)

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