FCC Goes Social

If you haven’t already, check out the FCC’s new blog – blogband – developed to keep Americans apprised of the National Broadband Plan due February 17, 2010.

Chairman Julius Genachowski crafts the first post with the FCC’s reasons for launching the blog: “like our unprecedented two-dozen public workshops and the upcoming fall public hearings, Blogband is part of the FCC’s commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we’re making.” He also makes a strong point of his hopes for people to get involved: “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.”

So far, the blog has a nice mix –

First, the blog has (to date) three content categories – “From the Chairman” – for Chairman Genachowski’s thoughts and a 20,000 foot view – “Behind the Scenes” – for a closer look at the doings and hopes for accomplishment with a friendly, coffee shop conversation kind of tone, and “Workshops” – that detail past panel discussions.

Second, the blog encourages interactiveness – comments, as long as they abide by the moderation policy – are welcome. And a link to the ongoing “Workshops” provides the public with the opportunity to listen in to panel discussions and suggest topics and questions.

Third, because this blog serves as the “voice” for a specific initiative, it can serve as a “deeper dive” than a more general blog. Those interested can check back from time to time and not only see and learn about the progress made, but ask targeted and timely questions.

First dtv.gov, now Blogband – – nice going FCC.

To read more on this, check out Chris Dorobek’s announcement, as well as the WSJ’s.

And don’t miss their new twitter feed as well!

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Craig Kessler

Seems like this should have been in place for some time but finally people got through to them to realize the importance of updating their site and to start networks to collaborate and indulge participation.