In addition to making broadband internet the main means of communication in the future, the plan would also act on several other fronts as well. For example, the new plan will also allow for internet providers to provide service to rural regions in addition to an auction that will free up parts of the broadband spectrum for mobile use. This is because more and more people now have smart phones and tablets which need to be able to connect to the internet. The bill will also aid in the development of a universal set top box that will connect to the internet and to cable services as well.
This plan implies that much of the work that will be done in the future will be done via a broadband connection. For example, telemedicine is a very fast growing field where doctors can consult with patients without being in the same room with each other. This is especially great for those who live in rural communities and it can be a hassle to drive into town to see a doctor for a routine visit. In addition, more and more people will be able to attend classes over the internet and apply for jobs in the same manner. Many of the devices that we will use in the future for communication via broadband have yet to be invented, however the federal government is looking to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for eventual changes and challenges.
This new plan is the result of a study which shows that broadband is quickly becoming the dominant medium in the United States over other options such as the telephone and broadcast television. However, don't expect the plan to pass without a fight. At stake are billions of dollars worth of federal funding. In addition, a lot of congressional action will have to take place before those billions of dollars can be moved.
This plan would also benefit emergency personnel as well. In addition, to becoming the main means of communication, broadband will help tie together police, fire and other emergency personnel in a national public safety network. This network would cost between $12 and $16 billion, but it would provide a level of security in a time of crisis that that the country has not seen before.
Of course, before any of this happens, more people need access to the internet. Currently, one third of Americans do not have high speed internet service, choose to do without it or cannot afford it.