Affordable and faster Internet connections would be available to all Americans under a sweeping new proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to overhaul the U.S. broadband system.
The FCC plan to wire the entire country for broadband will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday but is available online now
. It reflects the White House position that high-speed Internet access is not a luxury but critical for economic development, education and health care, The Associated Press
"To me, broadband is an infrastructure challenge that's very akin to what we've faced in the past with telephones and electricity," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told the AP. Genachowski has made the national broadband plan his top priority.
The ten-year goal is to give 100 million homes broadband connections of 100 megabits per second -- at least 20 times faster than most home connections now.
The proposal also seeks to put super-fast one-gigabit-per-second Internet access in public facilities such as schools, hospitals and government buildings in every U.S. community, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Read the FCC proposal here.
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