FCC Asks for Broadband Plan Extension

The Federal Communications Commission wants more time to work on its national broadband plan. In a letter to Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), Chairman of the Comittee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski asked that the deadline for the plan be moved from Feb. 17 to March 17.

“The Commission makes this request in the interest of advancing a national broadband plan that reflects the extraordinary importance of the task and that is responsive to the unprecedented record developed during the comment and workshop period,” Genachowski wrote.

Genachowski explained that the additional time will allow the FCC to obtain input from key stakeholders and “more fully brief Commissioners and House and Senate Commerce Committees.”

The extension should have no impact on the FCC’s budget for the plan or other FCC activities, Genachowski said.