Copps says broadband more difficult than DTV

Michael Copps, a Democrat member of the FCC, said last week that bringing open broadband service to all Americans is far more difficult than the DTV transition.

In a speech to a broadband summit in Washington, D.C., Copps predicted that a new president and a more activist Congress have an opportunity to make the broadband rollout a national priority.

A White House broadband czar, he suggested, would add needed attention to broadband deployment that has been missing with digital television.

Copps called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure that every new low-income housing project has access to high-speed broadband from the day it is built.