Washington , D.C.—The Federal Communications Commission’s staff workshops this week for the development of the National Broadband Plan will focus on deployment and technology.

On Wednesday, industry, staff and public participants will examine wireline and wireless deployment, as well as what it means to be unserved or underserved by broadband, why areas or groups are unserved and underserved, and what actions the United States should take to help stimulate broader and faster broadband deployment.

On Thursday, participants will examine both fixed and wireless broadband technologies that are affecting broadband networks today and that will likely affect them in the future.

WHAT: National Broadband Plan Staff Workshops
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12 &13.  See agendas below for specific times
WHERE: FCC Commission Room, 445 12th St. SW , Washington D.C. 20554
ONLINE: Press and public attending online should register in advance at Click on “Workshops” tab.

During the workshops, audience members—both in the room and online—will have the opportunity to suggest questions in writing. Questions will be reviewed and, time permitting, may be asked by the moderator.

Staff workshops will be held throughout August and into September to promote an open dialogue between the FCC and key constituents on matters important to the National Broadband Plan.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed the FCC to submit a National Broadband Plan to Congress by February 17, 2010 that addresses broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including health care, education, energy, public safety, job creation, investment, and others.