Anyone who has had to "interface" with the FCC's website can probably tell you that it's not exactly user-friendly. We've heard that there's an overhaul on the way, which we await with baited breath. In the meantime, the federal agency responsible for regulating media and telecommunications is dipping its toes into the wild world of social media -- namely, Twitter and the blogosphere. (Do the kids still call it that?)
First up is the FCC's new blog about their efforts towards a National Broadband Plan, cleverly called BlogBand. (Hey, this blog is called FutureBlog, so we're not about to poke fun.) Here's the skinny straight from the Commission:
To foster public dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, we're tapping the power of the Internet to launch a new FCC blog, called Blogband. What better time to start blogging than now? With just 183 days before our deadline to send the National Broadband Plan to Congress, we need as many people involved as possible. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we're making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation. The feedback, ideas, and discussions generated on this blog will be critical in developing the best possible National Broadband Plan.
If you're interested in how America might increase digital connectivity via the most important communications resource of our time, you'll probably want to keep an eye on BlogBand.
Here at FMC, we think it's incredibly important that more communities have access to internet service that's rooted in quality and affordability. This is particularly important to musicians and labels who find themselves increasingly doing business -- from buzz-building to booking to sales -- using the web. We don't think someone interested in music (fan or artist) should have to move to a new town to have access to what's quickly becoming the primary distribution platform for music of all kinds. Along the way, we need to makes sure that we preserve net neutrality, so that the internet can remain fertile ground for innovation, commerce and creativity.
Oh, but we almost forgot to tell you about the FCC's Twitter feed! That's right, you can now follow the Commission at @fccdotgov. (A humorous aside -- one of our Twitter pals recently sent us a tweet that said, "In Soviet Russia, Gov't follows YOU!"
Gotta love that Cold War humor.