FPF Files Comments to FCC on National Broadband Plan


Yesterday, the Future of Privacy Forum filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the National Broadband Plan, which the Commission will be formulating over the next several months (FCC Notice of Inquiry Docket – 09-51).  As a think tank focused on promoting greater transparency and consumer online data use, we believe that privacy issues should be at the forefront of any discussion about a national broadband plan.  Privacy means that consumers are informed about and have control over how companies that deliver Internet services collect and use their data.  Therefore, as we said in our comments to the FCC, “The national broadband plan should make clear that transparency and control are essential to consumers’ confidence about the privacy of their information online, and that only with such consumer confidence will we achieve the Internet usage that is tied to our national broadband goals.”  It is our hope that transparency and control will be among the key ingredients in the national broadband plan, and we look forward to seeing the Commission’s ideas in 2010. To read more click here