The National Broadband Plan: Four Years Later

March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2014) - In March 2010, at the request of Congress, the Obama administration created a strategy for expanding the availability and adoption of high-speed Internet nationwide. The National Broadband Plan included specific proposals to address "national purposes" through expanded access, including job creation and economic growth, public safety and homeland security, health care, and energy independence and efficiency.

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) reunites the team from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that spearheaded the development and implementation of the National Broadband Plan for a panel discussion on its effectiveness in integrating high-speed internet into key components of society. It will also assess how recent developments, such as the net neutrality decision and the upcoming wireless auctions, will impact digital adoption in vertical markets moving forward. The event will take place Wednesday, March 19, from 12:00-1:30 PM at ITIF, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A.

The panel, moderated by Doug Brake, Telecom Policy Analyst at ITIF, will include Nick Sinai, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Jamie Barnett, former Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC; John Horrigan, former Consumer Research Director for the Omnibus Broadband Initiative, FCC; Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow, Aspen Institute; and Steve Midgley, former Director of Education, FCC.

Lunch will be provided and the event is free, open to the public and complies with ethics rules.

Register for the event.


The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at

Contact: Samantha Greene
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