DorobekInsider: The FCC joins the blogsphere — and Twitter

Wednesday - 8/19/2009, 10:28am EDT

The Federal Communications Commission, now under the leadership of one of the people I simply can’t wait to meet, Julius Genachowski, has launched a blog — and a Twitter feed.

The blog, call Blogband and it will likely focus on the Obama administration’s broadband initiative to get broadband service out to more of the country. The broadband plan is part of the stimulus package and, of course, is being led by the FCC.

It is the start of a welcome change for FCC, which has had an incredibly cumbersome Web sites. I haven’t visited recently, but… years ago, when I was looking for information about the Sirius-XM merger, I went to the FCC Web site and it was almost impossible to find what I was looking for, and then each submission from each person was a separatePDF file, which made reading them all clunky at best. So I look forward to seeing how the broadband discussion evolves.

I don’t often post full text of posts because… well, that’s not the Internet way — reference and link. If people do the work, they deserve the traffic. That being said, Genachowski’s introductory post isn’t that long…:

The National Broadband Plan is one of the most important initiatives that the FCC has ever undertaken. To foster public dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, we’re tapping the power of the Internet to launch a new FCC blog, calledBlogband . What better time to start blogging than now? With just 183 days before our deadline to send the National Broadband Plan to Congress, we need as many people involved as possible.

Like our unprecedented two-dozen public workshops and the upcoming fall public hearings, Blogband is part of the FCC’s commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we’re making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation. The feedback, ideas, and discussions generated on this blog will be critical in developing the best possible National Broadband Plan.

As this blog demonstrates, the Internet is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with unparalleled access to information. Our goal is to create a National Broadband Plan that charts a path toward bringing the benefits of robust broadband to all Americans. So visitBlogband often to keep up with the latest news and – more importantly – get involved.

Read the FCC Blogband blog at http://blog.broadband.gov.

And you can follow the FCC on Twitter at twitter.com/fccdotgov.

And, of course, a hat tip to National Journal’s Tech Daily Dose blog.