U.S. to roll out major broadband policy

U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hours. Dramatically increasing Internet speeds to 25 times the current average is one of the myriad goals to be unveiled in the National Broadband Plan by the the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday. The highly anticipated plan will make a series of recommendations to Congress and is aimed at spurring the ever-changing communications industry to bring more and faster online services to Americans as they increasingly turn to the Internet to communicate, pay monthly bills, make travel plans and be entertained by movies and music. The Obama administration has touted the plan as a way to create jobs and make energy use more efficient. Officials have said the plan will ask Congress to fund up to USD 16bn to build an emergency public safety system. It would also tell lawmakers that a one-time injection of USD 9bn could accelerate broadband reach to the 4 percent of Americans who do have access. Otherwise they could let the FCC carry out a 10-year plan to realign an USD 8bn U.S. subsidy program for universal broadband access instead of universal phone access.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100314/wr_nm/us_usa_broadband

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