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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Lawrence Strickling
Republican leaders of a House committee criticized the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday for sending about $1 million in stimulus funds to a London company to collect data on broadband speeds of various U.S. Internet providers.
The U.S. still faces a significant gap in residential broadband use that breaks down along incomes, education levels and other socio-economic factors, even as subscriptions among American households overall grew sevenfold from 2001 to 2009.
"If foreign governments do not trust the Internet governance systems," Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence Strickling explains, "they will threaten to balkanize the Domain Name System, which will jeopardize the worldwide reach of the Internet."
Strickling stressed that one key challenge for policymakers lies in convincing Americans who are not online of the benefits of broadband.