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CU commends FCC for national broadband plan

March 16, 2010

Consumers Union Commends FCC for National Broadband Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally unveiled its national broadband plan aimed at improving access, affordability and speeds of high-speed Internet services in the U.S.
Joel Kelsey, policy analyst for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, made the following statement about the plan:
“We commend the commission for the goals and the vision in this plan to bring affordable, high-speed Internet access to all Americans. The U.S. has fallen behind other countries, both in terms of how many people have broadband and the speed of our connections. This plan seeks to knock down the biggest obstacles to bringing world-class Internet networks to more Americans at a reasonable price. The FCC’s vote is the first step in a long process. The commission has laid out a lot of important questions the government must answer to put us on the right path, and we look forward to working with the commissioners and Congress on the road ahead.”
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