• On April 6, 2010, Omnibus Broadband Initiative Executive Director Blair Levin spoke at an event launching a broadband initiative for older Americans called GOAL, or Get Older Americans Online at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Levin cited statistics that older Americans were among the lowest adopters of broadband and highlighted the need for the efforts of non-profits to supplement what the government can achieve through the National Broadband Plan. Levin’s remarks are available on the broadband website’s blog.
  • On April 7, 2010, the FCC announced the creation of a partnership between the FCC, the Small Business Administration’s volunteer arm, known as SCORE, and private companies such as AT&T, Best Buy, Cisco, Constant Contact, Google, HP, Intuit, Microsoft, Skype and Time Warner Cable Business Class. The partnership is aimed at providing technology training and tools for small, disadvantaged businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises in low-income areas. This partnership was suggested in Recommendation 13.3 in the National Broadband Plan’s Economic Opportunity chapter. At the event announcing the partnership, Chairman Genachowski spoke on the importance of broadband to small businesses and the United States competitiveness globally.
  • On April 7, 2010, FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick posted a comment on the FCC broadband blog regarding the impact of the DC Circuit decision in Comcast v. FCC (No. 08-1291) on the National Broadband Plan. Schlick stated that the FCC still has a mission in the area and that the “Comcast/BitTorrent opinion has no effect at all on most of the [National Broadband] Plan.” Schlick cited spectrum recommendations among other items for which the FCC already has an “express statutory delegation of authority.” He did note, however, that issues might arise with the FCC’s recommendations to increase adoption among rural and low-income Americans. The post can be found here.