Genachowski Still Promoting National Broadband Plans

ITU Commission Advises Countries to Do More Planning

Former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski continues to promote the value of a national broadband Plan, in this case for the 43 countries without them, as well as broadband planning more, well, broadly.

Genachowski is a member of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which presented an open letter to the delegates of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-14) in Busan, Korea, calling for more national broadband planning.

The FCC's National Broadband Plan was released under Genachowski's watch.

"We urge all delegates to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 to show their support for the global roll-out of broadband infrastructure and broadband-enabled applications and services to grow the digital economy and empower societies around the world," the commission wrote. "Developing countries cannot afford to remain on the sidelines, as the global digital revolution raises established knowledge economies into a dominant position."

PP-14 is a quadrennial conference at which international telecommunications policy is reviewed and set.