FCC launches social networking sites

WASHINGTON Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:36pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. agency that regulates the telecommunications industry, is becoming more media savvy by joining popular networking sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

The agency, which is conducting a series of workshops to hear from the industry and public on what the FCC's national broadband plan should include, is also urging the public to vote on which topics are the most important.

The public can vote on the FCC's IdeaScale page at broadband.ideascale.com/ and even add your own topics.

As of Friday the topic "Broadband plan must address needs of people with disabilities" is atop the list of issues that also includes deployment, fixed and wireless broadband, education, health care, investments, among others.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski repeatedly states that broadband is the infrastructure challenge of this generation. You can find his first online speech on Google Inc's YouTube -- here

The agency has launched a blog at blog.broadband.gov, where the public can follow what has been discussed at the workshops and future workshop topics in the coming weeks.

In addition the FCC also launched a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FCC and on Twitter at twitter.com/FCC.

(Reporting by John Poirier; editing by Andre Grenon)

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