FCC Announces Transparency Plans on a Scanned PDF

by on March 15, 2010 · 10 comments

What struck me most about the executive summary of the FCC’s “National Broadband Plan” is that they published it in one of the most opaque formats going: It’s a PDF scan of a printed document.

This means you can’t cut and paste the bullet point that says:

Increase civic engagement by making government more open and transparent, creating a robust public media ecosystem and modernizing the democratic process.

This and other observations/snark in my recent Cato@Liberty post join Adam’s early comment on the FCC’s incredible cost claims. Undoubtedly, there will be more here at TLF.

  • http://tinyurl.com/CowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    That is rather odd.

  • http://techliberation.com/author/berinszoka/ Berin Szoka

    I OCRd the document and uploaded it here, in case you want a version you can search or copy text from.

  • RickRussellTX

    The original was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.

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  • gregelin

    National Broadband Plan officially released today (March 16, 2010) in print, PDF, and online HTML:
    http://www.broadband.gov/plan/

    Also launched today:
    FCC's Spectrum Dashboard (beta) – http://reboot.fcc.gov/reform/systems/spectrum-d
    FCC's Consumer Broadband Test (beta) – http://www.broadband.gov/qualitytest/about/

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