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Broadband Opportunity Council Report and Recommendations

September 21, 2015

To make sure that the Federal government does everything within its power to support broadband deployment and adoption, on March 23, 2015, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum “Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption by Addressing Regulatory Barriers and Encouraging Investment and Training.” The Memorandum created the Broadband Opportunity Council and tasked it to produce specific recommendations to increase broadband deployment, competition and adoption through executive actions within the scope of existing Agency programs, missions and budgets. This Report responds to that directive.

The Council presents four overarching recommendations:
1. Modernize Federal programs to expand program support for broadband investments.
2. Empower communities with tools and resources to attract broadband investment and promote meaningful use.
3. Promote increased broadband deployment and competition through expanded access to Federal assets.
4. Improve data collection, analysis and research on broadband.