Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 10:07 AM ET
(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)
Have an idea for how to expand high-speed Internet access across the United States? Here's your chance to have your voice heard.
Under the terms of the recent economic stimulus package, the Federal Communications Commission must deliver to Congress a National Broadband Plan by February 2010. Several weeks ago, we laid out Google's vision for how to make broadband Internet available and affordable for every American — and hundreds of others have already submitted comments of their own.
The FCC has called for "maximum civic engagement" in developing a broadband strategy, and we're hoping to help them to achieve just that.
We've teamed up with the New America Foundation to launch a Google Moderator page where you can submit and vote on ideas for what you think the Commission should include in its National Broadband Plan. Two weeks from now we'll take the most popular and most innovative ideas and submit them to the official record at the FCC on your behalf.
Google and the New America Foundation agree that public participation in this process is critical. Expanding access to broadband has the potential to transform communities across the country, spark economic growth, and restore American competitiveness. Now that the Commission has officially opened this proceeding, and with a new Chairman at the helm, we think it's time to give people the opportunity to learn about the issue and to weigh in with their thoughts. And as the process continues to unfold at the FCC, we'll keep you informed of additional ways to share your views and voice your ideas to the agency.
So do you have any good ideas? Submit them today on Google Moderator — and you just might help change the face of broadband in the United States.