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The FCC Gets Itself a Blog, and Jumps into the Twitterverse

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 19 2009

An unforeseen but really, really, really, really, really (hang on -- fingers getting tired) really welcome consequence of the smooshed timeline of the National Broadband Plan: it has lit a fire under the Federal Communications Commission. A much needed fire. The Recovery Act gave the normally ponderous agency until just mid-February to craft the U.S.'s first-ever strategy for connecting the country via high-speed Internet. It's a huge task. And, frankly, the deadline leaves not really enough time to get it done. That makes the wisdom of opening up how the commission does its thing suddenly look extremely appealing. Thus, we see a series of 22 webcast public workshops and external reviews by academics at the Berkman Center and the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. And now, a blog! And a Twitter feed to boot.

The FCC has launched Blogband. Here's FCC chair Julius Genachowski in his inaugural post:

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.

The official FCC.gov site still -- how do we put this gently? -- stinks like three-week old mahi-mahi left out in the summertime sun. But we can hope for, and agitate for, the FCC's new embrace of participation when it comes to broadband to bleed into the rest of what Genachowski et al will do in the days to come. (Via GigaOm)