Before Blair Levin joined the Aspen Institute as a Communications & Society Fellow last year, he was tapped by President Obama to help create the National Broadband Plan. As Executive Director of the Broadband Initiative for the Federal Communications Commission, he led the strategic, comprehensive plan to build digital infrastructure in the U.S.
He joins "The Communicators" to discuss implementation of the plan one year after its debut.
According to the Executive Summary of the National Broadband Plan, “Broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. It is enabling entire new industries and unlocking vast new possibilities for existing ones. It is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge.”
It has six goals which include increasing affordable broadband access in homes; creating the fastest and most extensive mobile network in the world; build school, government and hospital interconnectivity; and enhance wide-spread first-responder communications.