New FCC Broadband Plan: Fast Internet for All?

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A new proposal to overhaul the nation's broadband policy could bring high-speed Internet access to nearly every American -- and with a faster connection.

The national broadband plan from the Federal Communications Commission would require broadband connections be available in every U.S. home by 2020. Connections would be at 100 megabits per second -- at least 20 times faster than most home connections currently.

"Broadband is an infrastructure challenge that's very akin to what we've faced in the past with telephones and electricity," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

The FCC says one-third of homes, or about 100 million people, do not have broadband Internet access right now.

President Obama has expressed concern that the U.S. is in danger of falling behind in Internet technology compared to other countries with faster speeds at lower prices.

Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity is concerned the plan will destroy competition and increase government regulation.  Click play for his comments to CBN News.

Support from the plan is still unclear -- including how it would be funded.

Broadcasters already oppose certain parts of the proposal, including plans to reclaim some TV station airwaves and auction the frequencies to companies that deliver wireless Internet access.

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