• On September 24, 2012, Chairman Genachowski spoke at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies regarding Comcast’s Internet Essentials program which provides $9.95 a month broadband, computers for $150, and digital literacy training. Chairman Genachowski praised Comcast for expanding the program to more persons and offering faster speeds and for partnering with Connect2Compete for device distribution. According to the Chairman, although broadband adoption was up in many underserved communities, there are still challenges that must be met, but Internet Essentials and others are making a “real impact.” The text of Chairman Genachowski’s speech is available here.
  • On September 25, 2012, Chairman Genachowski spoke at VOX Media headquarters in Washington, D.C. about the importance of broadband to the U.S. and global economy. He began by praising VOX as an important company that creates value online. He then discussed the success that the U.S. has achieved in broadband, having 69% of the world’s LTE subscribers, 80% of global smartphones running U.S. companies’ software, and with more homes connected at faster speeds. The Chairman also spoke of the FCC’s efforts on broadband, including intercarrier compensation reform, freeing up new spectrum, and promoting competition. He stated that the U.S. can maintain a strategic broadband advantage by focusing on “broadband speed, capacity, and ubiquity.” These goals could be achieved by “innovation hubs” served by “ultra-highspeed” broadband, by ensuring that affordable high-speed broadband is the norm, and by maintaining our lead in mobile development. Chairman Genachowski ended his speech by encouraging competition and open platforms to ensure future success. The text of the speech is available here.