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Sprint Stands Ready to Help the FCC Expand Availability of Broadband


On Tuesday, March 16th, the Federal Communication Commission will release a National Broadband Plan to provide affordable high-speed Internet services to all Americans.

Today, Vonya B. McCann, Sprint’s senior vice president for government affairs, released the following video statement commending the FCC for its months of work in creating this plan:

Transcript of her video remarks:

“In yesterday’s dialup world, it would have taken several minutes to download this video.  Today, with broadband, it probably took you a few seconds.

Broadband is here, but it is not everywhere.  In America we face a challenge:  not all of us have access to high speed broadband at affordable prices. As the first and only national carrier to offer wireless 4G, Sprint is doing our part to change that, but we believe our industry can do more.

This week, the FCC, under the leadership of Chairman Julius Genachowski, will issue the country’s first National Broadband Plan. The plan is designed to give the country a roadmap to regain our position as the world’s leader in broadband technology and innovation.

At Sprint, we stand ready to help the FCC and Congress achieve this critical goal.  Broadband is the engine of our future, growing our economy, our workforce, and our society, and its success rests on us all working together – connected.”

- Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president for government affairs, Sprint

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Background on Sprint’s views about Broadband in America:

As the FCC developed the plan, it asked the public to submit comments on how the plan can best benefit all citizens. Here are some the key recommendations that Sprint presented on January 27, 2010: (😞

• Preserving competitive access and rates among all broadband providers.

“Broadband competition cannot survive – much less thrive – unless the Commission releases the local exchange carriers’ chokehold on competitive broadband deployment that results from their monopoly on special access connections.” (Page 2)

• Ensuring that adequate spectrum is available to effectively deploy mobile broadband for commercial use in urban and rural areas.
“To enable the most efficient and intensive use of spectrum, Sprint recommends the FCC continue its move away from eligibility restrictions, service limitations and other calls for narrow spectrum set-asides. Instead, the Commission should encourage the deployment of fully flexible commercial wireless networks that use common internet protocol language to offer a wide array of performance, capacity and security options for every type of business imaginable.” (Page 13)

• Reform the cost structure for transferring voice traffic between wireless and wireline carriers.
“A vibrant broadband marketplace can only succeed if the Commission improves the enforcement of its existing rules and policies, and strengthens rules where necessary to ensure fair competition and prevent disruption to services.” (Page 22)

The following online resources are available to learn more about the FCC’s National Broadband Plan: - Immediately following the release of the national broadband plan on Tuesday, March 16, YouTube will feature an interview with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski about the plan’s details using questions and comments submitted by the public. - The official homepage of the FCC National Broadband Plan. - Videos and live broadcasts of the FCC discussing plans for national broadband and how it will benefit various populations and business industries.