Following the August 8th FCC’s Notice of Inquiry seeking industry feedback on the current state of broadband deployment, twelve Senators sent a letter to the Commission asking for additional time to consider additional policy issues. The Senators argued that “…the Commission appears ready to decide that mobile broadband could be a substitute, rather than a complement, to fixed broadband service, and that slower-speed mobile service substitutes as effectively. We believe that such substantial shifts in policy require greater consideration and debate, something that the current schedule for comment does not allow. The Commission must ensure that sufficient time is allotted, and so we ask that the FCC extend the comment period to allow stakeholders to effectively respond to an inquiry that has potentially dire effects on the Commission's view of the reality of broadband access in America.”
The Senators are specifically asking for an additional 30 days to comment on the Notice of Inquiry. The Senator’s letter can be viewed here.