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The Report of The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

FCC and Other Federal Agencies

• Complete a national broadband strategy aimed at bringing Americans low-cost high-speed Internet access, including wireless, everywhere they want and need it.

• Establish a national target for household broadband access at speeds sufficient to support video transmission at a level of quality comparable to the household video services now delivered through cable and satellite television services.

• Adopt public policies encouraging consumer demand for broadband

services. Continue to use financial incentives to help spur broadband deployment in areas where it has lagged because of market conditions.

• Consider an inquiry to define the appropriate characteristics of open networks.

• Determine and clearly map the kinds of Internet connectivity

American households have—looking at speed, cost, the service providers involved, and whether access is wire-based or wireless.

• Push for the inclusion of public, educational, and government cable

channels in the basic cable package offered by any cable service operator.

• Use E-rate funds to support public libraries’ creation of mobile teaching labs to provide digital literacy instruction.

• Pursue spectrum policies to accommodate low-power FM and other innovations that increase the number of broadcast voices over the local airwaves.

• Promote diversity in media ownership.

Informing Communities  

The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

Informing Communities  

The Report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy

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