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Broadband, Open Government, and Brainstorms

Kudos to the FCC for finding innovative ways to engage the public in an on-going dialogue about a National Broadband Plan to bring broadband to all Americans. I attended yesterday’s opening workshop – the first of more than 20 such workshops at the FCC. If you weren’t there live, you could have watched it on the web or participated in Second Life. And if you missed it, you can join in the Open Government Broadband Brainstorm at where the FCC is seeking examples from you and your communities about how broadband is being used to achieve a host of national priorities.
The inaugural workshop was on open government and civic engagement. The FCC and the Administration want your ideas on innovative ways to use broadband to more effectively interact with the government on issues you care about. And if you have broadband examples you can share on education, energy, healthcare, or in areas not thought of before, the Broadband Brainstorm has a place to suggest broadband examples on all these topics. You can discuss the examples that are submitted and vote on the best ones which will then rise to the top. It should be fun to watch, participate, and learn as the brainstorm stays open and develops throughout the course of the workshops.
Scott Deutchman is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications