Despite the fact that a number of commercial broadcasters have some serious reservations about the Federal Communication Commission’s new National Broadband Plan, the main organization for non-commercial broacasters, PBS, has given the plan a ringing endorsement.
In a statement PBS said, in part, "The National Broadband Plan, released today, will make a significant contribution to ensuring a diverse, digital media landscape in which the needs of local communities and, in particular, children are well served. It addresses critical needs in our country for universal access to information and a more engaged citizenry. One of the core principles of the plan has also guided PBS: the innovative use of broadband to improve lives, including educating our nation’s children, improving civic engagement and developing communities.
…."The transformational change in public media that PBS and its member stations have begun will require significant resources. As the plan recognizes, the continued development of a robust digital public media ecosystem would be enhanced by the creation of sustainable funding sources dedicated to this important work.
"PBS commends the FCC’s hard work on this plan, and we look forward to working with the FCC and Congress as we move forward."