Upon hearing about a new U.S. Broadband bill that is to be sent to the FCC, many groups praise the bill. The bill, introduced by Senator Dainel Inouye (D) of Hawaii, requires the Federal Communications Commission the re-consider if 200Kbps (kilobits per second) is enough to consider an internet connection as “broadband.” It also requires that the FCC would create a new standard, the second-generation broadband, that would identify connections that would be able to transmit a high-definition video feed.

The bill also would require that broadband service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and others, submit reports to the FCC of the availability of first-generation and second-generation broadband in smaller geographical areas instead of the current method of reports by postal zip codes. In January of 2007, the FCC said that 99 percent of all zip codes had broadband providers in their area, but this claim has come under attack due to their current method. The FCC only requires one household in a zip code to have broadband to have the area be considered “wired” for broadband.

Inouye said that, “The first step in an improved broadband policy is ensuring that we have better data on which to build our efforts.” “In a digital age, the world will not wait for us.” Ben Scott, a member of the advocate group “Free Press”, commented, “With this bill, we would finally be able to answer key questions the Federal Communications Commission has ignored for too long.”

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