Document Number: 8632National Broadband Plan--Executive Summary - In early 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission to develop a National Broadband Plan to ensure every American has "access to broadband capability." The plan needed to include a detailed strategy for achieving affordability and maximizing use of broadband to advance "consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development and education--among other things. To fulfill Congress's mandate, the plan seeks to ensure that the entire broadband ecosystem is healthy. The plan makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. (FCC, March 2010)...