The Federal Communications
Commission has launched a new "blogband" initiative,
http://blog.broadband.gov/ to "chronicle the national broadband
plan," with broadband czar Blair Levin and chairman Julius Genachowski its
first two contributors.
There will also be a Twitter feed to
o follow the plan's progress.
"What better time to start
blogging than now? With just 183 days before our deadline to send the National
Broadband Plan to Congress, we need as many people involved as possible," wrote
Genachowski on the Blogband site. "As this blog demonstrates, the Internet
is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with
unparalleled access to information."
In his posting, Levin looked for
portents of success, or at last confirmation of the FCC's approach to the plan,
in a couple of fortune cookies staffers had opened during a dinner break:
"No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking" and
"statistics are no substitute for judgement."
"[D]ata means nothing if we
don't exercise good judgment about what it all means," said Levin,
"But that will require sustained thinking, and our broadband team is leading an assault of sustained thinking by the entire FCC on the stubborn
problem of bringing broadband to unserved and underserved areas, increasing the number of Americans using broadband, and maximizing how broadband can be used
to help address significant national issues.
Expect the unexpected. Nothing is pre-baked but the fortune
The FCC will also keep the twitterati up to date at
http://www.twitter.com/fccdotgov, a new microblogging platform that will
include progress reports on the plan. It had four followers at deadline, though
the commission wasn't following anyone.