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GigaOM and the New America Foundation are sponsoring a debate between Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, and Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, on how America can meet the broadband needs of its citizens. Click through to watch.

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As the Federal Communications Commission strives to deliver broadband access to every American under the National Broadband Plan, it faces the challenge of connecting residents — and keeping them connected — at competitive rates and with competitive features in a not-so-competitive market.

Today GigaOM and the New America Foundation are sponsoring a debate between Craig Settles, an author and broadband consultant, and Blair Levin, the author of the National Broadband Plan, to discuss how America can meet the broadband needs of its citizens for the current century. Please follow along in the live stream below from 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. PST) until 11:30 EST, or on Twitter with the hashtag #broadbandplan. You can ask questions by directing tweets to @gigastacey as well.

If there’s a lull in the debate, feel free to read the posts between Levin and Settles that started this all:

  1. [...] panel discussion was a lively one, moderated by GigaOM‘s Stacey Higginbotham and The Wall Street Journal‘s Amy Schatz, and it led me to several new thoughts on [...]

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  2. Has Blair had any new ideas in the last year? Unbelievable….

    Apart from repeating some of the non-sensical stuff on USF in the Broadband Plan (there is really nothing worth anything on USF there, and being rude to Craig, he just has nothing new to contribute.

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