The FCC will hold a broadband field hearing on "digital inclusion."
The hearing, to be held Dec. 5 in Memphis, will focus on whether broadband is currently being deployed "in a way that allows all Americans to benefit."
Statistics show that only some 40% of African Americans have broadband service at home and an even smaller percentage of Hispanics.
The hearing is yet another opportunity for the FCC to collect more input for its national broadband plan, due to Congress Feb. 17, 2010.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.