FCC offers early peak at national broadband plan


WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding the fund that subsidizes telephone service for poor and rural communities will be a key piece of a federal plan to bring high-speed Internet connections to all Americans. Another is finding more spectrum for wireless broadband services.

Those are among the preliminary recommendations that the Federal Communications Commission outlined Wednesday in a report laying out the broad contours of its national broadband plan. The plan, which was mandated by the stimulus bill, is due in February.

One proposal would use money from the federal Universal Service Fund to build broadband networks and subsidize high-speed Internet connections. Another proposal would explore reallocating some television broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband use.