FCC delays submission of broadband plan

12 Jan 2010

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will delay the submission of the much-anticipated national broadband plan to congress by one month. The report was mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, requiring the FCC to consult industry members, consumers and local authorities to formulate and deliver the plan to Congress by 17 February 2010. The plan has been in development since April 2009 and will now be submitted on 17 March 2010. Colin Crowell, senior counsellor to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, said: ‘In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to more fully brief commissioners and key members of Congress, to get additional input from stakeholders and to fully digest the exhaustive record before the agency, the chairman has requested from congressional leaders a short extension of four weeks in order to deliver the final plan.’

United States, AT&T, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Sprint Corporation (now part of T-Mobile US), Verizon Communications