FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein joined tech policy pundits, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists on June 24 to launch a new initiative aimed at making broadband a priority in the United States, CNET reports. The main purpose of the group, which calls itself InternetforEveryone.org, is to help organize public support for a national broadband policy. Prominent figures in the tech world, including Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, as well as law professors Larry Lessig of Stanford and Tim Wu of Columbia, are also members of the group. Adelstein, one of two Democratic commissioners on the FCC, has been a big proponent of a national broadband policy for some time and says he’s been frustrated with the current administration’s lack of focus on broadband. But he said he hopes this initiative will help provide a forum to allow the public’s voice to be heard in Washington. "We need to mobilize the public to make broadband an issue in D.C., so that broadband penetration and pricing rises to the top of the agenda," Adelstein said. "It’s important for us to make sure that the public’s interests are served. We’ve already heard a lot from the cable and phone companies." Broadband advocates have long complained that the U.S. is falling behind other countries in its ability to offer high-speed internet service at affordable prices to all of its citizens…

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