In a phone interview with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, we chatted about how he hopes to narrow the broadband adoption gap, why broadcasters and distributors should play nice in their retransmission negotiations and why AllVid is still important for the future of TV applications.
What keeps a man like FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski up at night? Try 40th out of 40. That’s the U.S.’ ranking in broadband improvements from 1999-2009 according to a study last year. Genachowski is worried that the U.S. is in danger of losing its competitive advantage.
The FCC plans to deliver its National Broadband Plan a day early on March 16 to Congress. The plan will lay out recommendations for universal broadband access and encourage adoption. But we’re unimpressed with what we’ve seen of recommendations so far.