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