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FCC releases plan to expand broadband

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The Federal Communications Commission unveiled its National Broadband Plan today. The 10-year plan, which includes recommendations for Congress as well as local government and the FCC itself, seeks to expand high-speed broadband Internet access to an additional 100 million homes by 2020, create affordable access at “anchor institutions” like schools and hospitals, bring broadband to rural communities, and promote greater agency transparency, among other goals. The report calls broadband “the great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century,” and compares its development and expansion to those of the transcontinental railroad and electricity.

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