Broadband was a top focus of a meeting at LivingSocial headquarters today. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski made a pitch for policies to speed broadband growth and investment. Genachowski told reporters that “no infrastructure matters more for job creation and economic growth in the 21st century than broadband Internet,” according to The Hill.
The private sector is leading the way on broadband investment, but government has a role to play too, according to Genachowski’s remarks. “We overwhelmingly rely on the private sector to build out our broadband infrastructure, and that’s the right course. But government also has an essential role to play in a number of areas.”
We agree. One step government can take is to implementing universal service and intercarrier compensation reform. America’s Broadband Connectivity Plan offers a broad-based industry consensus for making long-needed changes to these important programs that will help speed broadband to parts of the country where it is not deployed.