Through the Broadband Opportunity Council, formed in March 2015, President Obama’s office has put forth a series of overarching recommendations.
The Council is suggesting the White House move forward with efforts to: modernize Federal programs to expand program support for broadband investments; empower communities with tools and resources to attract broadband investment and promote meaningful use; promote increased broadband deployment and competition through expanded access to Federal assets; and improve data collection, analysis and research on broadband.
Specific actions toward those goals include modernizing programs like the USDA Community Facilities (CF) program, creating an online inventory of Federal assets, streamlining the broadband permitting process, and forming a portal for information on Federal broadband funding and loan programs.
The White House highlighted progress already made through private investment and regulation but pointed out still existing challenges. Specifically, the Council notes that 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload broadband is currently available to less than half of U.S. rural households and that three out of four households looking for 25 Mbps broadband don’t have a choice of providers.
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