Internet's Future in America -- You Must Play A Role in Crafting It

05/10/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What is the future of the Internet in America?

How do we close the digital divide that leaves some 35 percent of American households without broadband access? Should we follow Finland's lead, which made a one-megabit broadband connection a legal right for its 5 million citizens last fall? What is the role of technology in our schools? Like shelter, like food, like books, is an Internet-connected laptop a necessity for every American student?

These are just some of the questions that HuffPost Tech readers -- yes, you -- can ask Julius Genachowski, the blog-friendly chairman of the Federal Communication Commission. On Tuesday, FCC will release its much-discussed (and much-blogged about) National Broadband Plan, a comprehensive road-map for bringing fast, affordable high speed Internet access to all Americans. (You can read details of FCC's plan on And following its historic, laudable efforts to bring governance closer to the online masses, YouTube's CitizenTube channel is allowing users to upload short video questions to Genachowski. Deadline for submission is Sunday, March 14, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

You can ask questions about security and privacy, Internet in schools and network neutrality, among other topics. YouTube asks that videos be 20 seconds or less. You can vote on your favorite videos on CitizenTube, and Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube, will ask a few of your top-voted questions during his video interview with Genachowski on Tuesday.

So think, record a video and submit your question.

We all must play a role in developing the Internet's future.