Q&A with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) submitted its first-ever National Broadband Plan to Congress. It’s a big step toward bringing the United States up to speed with other advanced nations in broadband adoption and use. Recognizing the growing role of high-speed Internet access in the United States’ communications infrastructure, the plan outlines a new and ambitious vision for broadband over the next 10 years.

In this Q&A, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explains why the United States needs a new, comprehensive approach to broadband, as the Senate Commerce Committee convenes to review the plan his organization has submitted.

Kemper: What do you hope to accomplish with the National Broadband Plan? 

Genachowski: Broadband is the indispensable infrastructure of the digital age — the 21st century equivalent of what canals, railroads, highways, the telephone, and electricity were for previous generations. Through broadband, the United States can begin to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth, investment, and enduring job creation by ensuring that this nation has a robust and world-class infrastructure.  

Multiple studies all tell us the same thing — even modest increases in broadband adoption can yield hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The title of one recent op-ed written by the CEO of a major American technology company said it well: “Fix the bridges, but don’t forget broadband.” We hope the plan will serve as a call to action and roadmap for creating world-leading broadband networks.

Read Kemper's full interview with Genachowski at The Hill's Pundits Blog.