Change Standards for Determining Broadband Access and Expand Broadband Penetration

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Obama believes the Federal Communications Commission should provide an accurate map of broadband availability using a true definition of broadband instead of the current 200 kbs standard and an assessment of obstacles to fuller broadband penetration." — Obama and Biden's Plan for Small Business


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Updated: January 26, 2009

Proposed comprehensive, nationwide broadband inventory map

Obama discussed the broad outline of his hopes for the bill in a speech at George Mason University on Jan. 8, 2009.

"It is not just another public-works program," Obama said. "It's a plan that recognizes both the paradox and the promise of this moment — the fact that there are millions of Americans trying to find work even as all around the country there's so much work to be done. That's why we'll invest in priorities like energy and education; health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century."

On January 15, 2009, Democrats in the U.S. House released a broad outline of what they hope to include in the 2009 stimulus bill and it contained many ideas Obama promised during the campaign, including money for a "comprehensive, nationwide broadband inventory map."

Granted, this is still a proposal, but it's enough to demonstrate that Obama and his administration are moving forward on this promise.


New York Times, Barack Obama speech at George Mason University, Jan. 8, 2009.

U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Website, Summary: American Recovery and Reinvestment Report, (pdfs) accessed Jan. 26, 2009.

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