While admirable–and typically forward-thinking from the Obama administration–there’s a small flaw to the plan. No ISP in its right mind would be happy about this, and their lobbyists will kick up a right old stink in D.C.–or squash the functionality of the free service until it’s barely useable.
Given the huge amount of entertainment the Internet now provides, it’s becoming increasingly hard to view broadband as a utility. However, you can’t argue with FCC Chair Julius Genachowski’s warning that, without computer literacy and Internet access, there is a danger of “a new category of second-class citizens.”
Alongside this hot potato, the National Broadband Plan is also proposing measures to combat digital illiteracy, with an Online Skills Portal and a Digital Literacy Corps. Congress gets to hear the plan next Wednesday, March 17.