Starting Thursday, the FCC will hold the first in a series of workshops as it works to formulate a national broadband plan by next February.
Topics include broadband for health care, consumer welfare and e-government.
The FCC will hold sessions through Sept. 3. The public is able to attend, in person and online, and will be asked to submit questions.
“Broadband is our generation’s major infrastructure challenge,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a prepared statement. “It’s critical that all stakeholders provide the commission with the information it needs to develop a national broadband plan that will spur innovation, promote competition, create jobs, and bring the powerful benefits of broadband to all Americans.”