Last February, the US Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to "stimulate" the troubled economy. The bill also allocated $7.2 billion to expand broadband access in communities across the country and mandated that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) produce a plan to ensure broadband access for all Americans. After more than 1 year of studies, discussions, and working groups, the FCC submitted its National Broadband Plan to Congress. The 376-page envisions a future where broadband is essential to the very fabric of the country. The plan lists several primary goals, the first of which is to provide 100 million households with access to speeds of at least 100Mbps by 2020. The FCC's plan offers several suggestions that would affect libraries, including setting minimum access goals for schools and libraries, channeling funds to help libraries improve internal networking arrangements, and updating the E-Rate system.
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