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Internet2 Files Comments to Inform the Direction of the Broadband Opportunity Council

Jun 17, 2015, by John Morabito
Tags: Executive Insights, External Relations, Policy Issues

Photo of John Morabito, Vice President, External Relations & General CounselOn March 23, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum establishing the Broadband Opportunity Council, co-chaired by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The main purpose of the Council is to explore ways to help increase the deployment of broadband services and broadband adoption in the United States.

Specifically, the Council consists of 25 government agencies united to engage stakeholders to help the government better understand how it can more effectively support the needs of communities seeking broadband investment and identify regulatory barriers inhibiting broadband deployment and adoption. 

On April 29, 2015, RUS and NTIA requested public comment to inform the deliberations of the Council. The request for comment was an opportunity for Internet2, as the nation's premier National Research and Education (R&E) Network, to share its unique perspective and recommend actions that the government can take to better promote broadband deployment and adoption and effectively measure broadband availability, adoption, and speeds among the nation's community anchor institutions (CAIs).

Internet2's comments to the Council focused on four key points:  (1) the higher education community has a vested interest in broadband deployment to all U.S. citizens; (2) the Council should establish policies and programs that prioritize broadband abundance; (3) the Council should support broadband policies that prioritize next-generation infrastructure at home and abroad to ensure that the country remains technologically and economically competitive; and (4) the Council should support the development of a nationwide network performance measurement platform for CAIs.

Internet2 supports the Council's efforts and encourages it to incorporate the views of the R&E community into its deliberations.  With more than 470 members, including 282 research universities, Internet2 and its state and regional partners are in a unique position to assist the Council's overarching goal of expanding the deployment of next-generation broadband to all Americans.

To access Internet2's comments, please visit Internet2 Broadband Opportunity Council Comments.