• FCC Seeks Comment on a Broadband Clearinghouse
  • October 20, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Carly T. Didden; Jennifer A. Cetta
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • In its development of a National Broadband Plan, the FCC is seeking comment on whether to create a broadband clearinghouse for easy access to useful broadband information. Comments are due Nov. 16, 2009. The FCC seeks comment on the following issues:

    • the concept of a broadband clearinghouse for best practices and whether the FCC or another federal agency should create a clearinghouse;
    • what the primary purposes of a broadband clearinghouse are;
    • type of content that a broadband clearinghouse would contain;
    • whether there are current clearinghouses that would serve as a good model;
    • the features that a clearinghouse should have;
    • what types of entities (local governments, broadband providers, broadband-adoption-focused organizations, scholars) would most benefit from a broadband clearinghouse and how;
    • what audiences would benefit most from a clearinghouse;
    • whether the clearinghouse entity should engage in outreach or information sharing beyond those in a Web-based, electronic format;
    • how could the clearinghouse be publicized;
    • how a clearinghouse can be most useful;
    • how can a clearinghouse identify or feature truly-effective broadband practices and avoid “bad” practices and data that may end up in the clearinghouse;
    • how should information in the clearinghouse be structured and categorized to maximize the extent to which it is comparable and searchable;
    • what editorial or other resources are necessary to ensure that a clearinghouse contains accurate and updated information;
    • whether the manager should actively control or filter what data and best practices are allowed into the clearinghouse;
    • how can the clearinghouse leverage public participation to obtain best managerial outcomes;
    • whether the clearinghouse should have a retention schedule for contributed data; and
    • who should update and maintain a broadband clearinghouse.