Broadband Is This Generation's Highway System, FCC Chief Says

Call it the summer of broadband.

Early this week the new FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, a former law school classmate of President Barack Obama's, toured California in support of the FCC's ongoing attempt to craft the nation's first broadband plan, putting in appearances at a San Francisco public housing project Sunday and a children's hospital in Palo Alto on Monday.

While ostensibly a fact-finding mission, Genachowski's trip - along with the 18 broadband hearings the FCC will hold before the end of summer - is intended to send a message that the FCC is planning a very ambitious proposal for the country's IT infrastructure, a plan that goes beyond simply giving grants to get YouTube and Twitter to farmers.

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