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The Federal Communications Commission faces one of the most significant undertakings in its history with the development of a national broadband plan. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress tasked the Commission with developing a plan for stimulating and deploying broadband throughout the United States.
The best way the Commission can stimulate broadband is not by imposing new layers of regulation, but by adopting a deregulatory stimulus in which government-created entry barriers are eliminated and costly regulations are reduced. Marketplace investment and private enterprise have driven broadband deployment in the United States, and the Commission would be wise to expand proven, market-driven broadband policies.