Livestream: Debating the National Broadband Plan

As the Federal Communications Commission strives to deliver broadband access to every American under the National Broadband Plan, it faces the challenge of connecting residents — and keeping them connected — at competitive rates and with competitive features in a not-so-competitive market.

Today GigaOM and the New America Foundation are sponsoring a debate between Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, and Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, to discuss how America can meet the broadband needs of its citizens for the current century. Please follow along in the live stream below from 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST) until 11:30 EST, or on Twitter with the hashtag #broadbandplan. You can ask questions by directing tweets to @gigastacey as well.

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If there’s a lull in the debate, feel free to read the posts between Levin and Settles that started this all:

  • The National Broadband Plan: Some Assembly Still Required
  • In Defense of the National Broadband Plan
  • National Broadband Rebuttal: Are We in for All, Or Just Enough
  • The Broadband Plan and the Power of Data Driven Thinking