The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued this morning its National Broadband Plan. This 360-page document is a comprehensive and Congressionally mandated set of recommendations aimed at ensuring that every American has access to affordable broadband services and that government maximizes the use of broadband to advance a number of policy goals, including better public safety and homeland security as well as energy independence and efficiency. The FCC has also posted an interactive version of the Plan at http://www.broadband.gov/plan/.
UTC's initial analysis was sent to members earlier today as a UTC Information Bulletin. UTC will prepare a more detailed analysis of the plan over the coming days. We are hosting an open Public Policy Division Call for our core utility members to discuss the plan THIS Friday, March 19, 2010 at 2:30 EDT. For information on how to access the call, please contact Neha Shah at neha[dot]shah[at]utc[dot]org
In addition, UTC will host a webinar on March 22, 2010 featuring Nick Sinai, Director of Energy & Environment, FCC National Broadband Task Force. This event will provide utilities with the earliest possible opportunity to find out how the plan could affect utility operations and the future of the Smart Grid. To register for the webinar, please visit http://www.utc.org/fccnbp.