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Wireless Broadband

Bring the United States mobile broadband pricing in line with the rest of the world.

The United States has the highest pricing for broadband access in the world. It also has the most confusing set of mobile broadband plans found anywhere. Don't let carriers confuse consumers with extra charges and small print. Simplify contracts with plain language and simplify plans with plain terms. Serve the consumer, not the carrier.

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Deployment

Net Neutrality Is Vitally Needed, even in Cities

SImply this: do NOT hand the future of a healthy internet to private telecommunications companies to run as they see fit. They have already proven themselves to be only concerned with profit maximization, pure and simple. They want to stifle growth and competition, and have already tried to do so. Lobby money is no way to administer the largest global communication network ever. I live a mere 10 miles from San Jose ...more »

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Benchmarks

Move from "advertised" to "actual" speeds

I recommend that we move from measuring broadband performance (download and upload speeds) from "advertised" performance an ISP provides an end-user to "actual" performance at PEAK times that an ISP provides an end-user. While the end-users' true performance will vary based on a number of other issues (back-end connections, devices, etc) there are methods today to accurately track and measure the "actual" performance, ...more »

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102 votes
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Deployment

Do not fund satellite broadband or puny 768k/200k service

For the past six years my wife and I have lived in a rural area and worked out of our home. We've survived (barely) with satellite broadband, and are now paying $100 a month for service from HughesNet. It claims to be about 1.5m down / 300k up, but often fails to perform to that spec. There are times when we have to drive almost 30 minutes to a coffee shop where we can get a WiFi connection when the satellite connection ...more »

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State & Local Governments

Promote Telecommuting - Reduce Time and Energy Waste

Broadband access can play a much larger role in ameliorating profligate energy waste through reducing the need for daily physical office worker commuting. Yet many municipalities don't take into account telecommuting and remote presence when trying to plan for greener urban-suburban land use and transit. The paradigm of physically moving masses of office workers back and forth every day is clearly coming to an end, but ...more »

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73 votes
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Wireless Broadband

Stop bundling of devices and service

It is almost impossible to determine what the real cost of mobile broadband service (or for that matter cell phone service). All the companies seem to want to bundle phones/PDAs/Computers/NewWidgets with their service. Why can't they just sell service. Then, companies that sell devices can just sell devices. And the best services will survive and the best devices will survive. All that survives now is the best advertising ...more »

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Make broadband affordable and competitive by eliminating price gouging at the wholesale level.

Want to know why high speed Internet service is so expensive in the US compared to the rest of the world? Or why many ISPs must throttle, ration, and/or cap bandwidth usage to avoid being unprofitable? Many, if not most, American citizens do not realize that it's because the wholesale costs which providers themselves must pay are needlessly high. Because the FCC has not yet acted on the issue of "special access" pricing, ...more »

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67 votes
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State & Local Governments

Ensure Community Networks are not Preempted

At a minimum, communities must be allowed to invest in their own networks. No community should be hamstrung by federal or state laws that prevent it from building a network when the community decides existing options are inferior and harming their vitality. Forcing some communities to beg for connectivity is degrading and un-American. If a community wants to build it themselves, they should have that right.

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Let the public in on public hearings

At minimum the public should receive three weeks advanced notice on any FCC public hearing. This is the least the FCC can do to fulfill its commitment to transparency and public participation in creating the National Broadband Plan.

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54 votes
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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Net Neutrality Plain and Simple

Support a broadband initative that allows internet users the unrestricted ability to access any legal content through any protocol desired

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Make Upload bandwith as much a priority as download

Broadband must be truly two way fast. Upload and download. In order for the technology to grow the bar must be set high. And companies must be forced to stop making claims that are false when it comes to speeds. For example the term "up to" claims should be actual and tied to peak usage numbers. Also two way high speed is needed, companies that offer a high download speed but and extremely low upload speed do their customers ...more »

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Fixed Broadband

Require advertisement of average user speed and advertisement of caps!

"Up to 32 Megs speed!", I kid you not, my ISPs ads have used that vocabulary and that claim. They of course meant megabits, not megabytes, but their service certainly doesn't give me 4 megabytes download speed - EVER! I get at most 2.5 MiB/s. If I dare use that speed for too long, my entire connection is throttled to 500 KiB/S. And apparently they have a very limited mentioning of their monthly bandwidth caps. I think ...more »

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Wireless Broadband

Encourage Wireless Companies to Unlock Phones at End of Contracts

Most people like purchasing cheaper, subsidized cell phones. Carriers are able to do this because they will regain some of the lost cost of buying a phone over time with a contract. However, once a contract is up one should no longer be forced be locked in with the same carrier on a cell phone we bought. The FCC should encourage wireless companies to allow phones to unlock the phone's sim card slot so it can work with ...more »

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50 votes
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Wireless Broadband

End the lockdown of mobile devices.

If I bought a computer, I would expect to be able to utilize all the functionality of that computer. Why are phones different? Many phones have GPS receivers built in. Many of these are disabled by the carriers. You may re-enable the receivers by paying a monthly fee to the carrier. That is wrong. The same is true for applications. Many carriers only allow applications that have been signed by them to be installed ...more »

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Fixed Broadband

Promote Competition and Remove

It would be great if there were true competition in the broadband market. I live in Phoenix Arizona and you have the option of Cox Communications as your internet and television provider or switching to poor quality satellite internet and television. Essentially Cox is the ONLY choice here in Phoenix if you have any sort of speed requirements to your internet connection (such as live chat, streaming any sort of content, ...more »

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46 votes
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Adoption/Utilization

Adopt a Standard for an Open Home (Video) Gateway Device

The concept of an open home gateway is one of the least noticed and most important of the components of a national broadband plan, and I believe the US is at a critical crossroads. On one path is an incredible opportunity: *to help close the digital divide, *to create an entire ecosystem of connected TV that allow a freedom of communication that can quickly reach virtually all citizens, *to create entire new industries ...more »

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Best Practices/Big Ideas

Is the FCC aware that this site has no privacy policy?

This site, broadband.ideascale.com, is an official link from the FCC's broadband.gov site and has been announced as an official FCC website. However, it does not have any link to a privacy policy. Moreover, it is asking commenters and topic starters to include an email address or open an account. If the user supplies this personal information, it is not displayed on the main page, but part or all of it is accessible ...more »

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41 votes
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International Lessons

Catching up with Korea

Korea spent billions of dollars bolstering their broadband infrastructure and it shows. Their internet culture is ubiquitous. People watch TV shows & streaming news on their mobile devices on the subway! We need to catch up.

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39 votes
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Broadband Consumer Context

Carriers should serve people, then the other way around.

Carriers need to provide IP connectivity and then get out of the way. Net neutrality is critical. If the carrier gets to decide what content is appropriate or control the content I receive, then we will have eliminated one of the most significant aspects of the Internet - the ability to connect with any resource, anywhere on the Internet. Broadband must deliver the fastest pipes to the most people, not deliver the people ...more »

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36 votes
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Wireless Broadband

Disallow forced services

Biggest example is with the iPhone. You cannot purchase one from AT&T to use on their network without subscribing to their iPhone data plan. If you only want to use it for voice and Wi-Fi, you are out of luck. They require this additional service charge. This is clearly not in the best interest of the consumer. Likewise, if I wanted to get a phone and pay for data only, and use VoIP for the occasional phone call, ...more »

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Deployment

Modernize the federal Universal Service Program

The National Broadband Plan should include the Federal Communications Commissions' plans to modernize the federal Universal Service Program to support affordable, universal, landline, and wireless broadband.

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Deployment

Force the Telecommunications Industry to fall in-line in the US and remind them who is really in charge

Bring the US back to the top 10 countries of the world in terms of Internet connectivity. Force the phone companies to stop gouging us on broadband access over slow and antiquated xDSL technology. Take the "dark fiber" sitting in the ground and use it. Bring fiber to the "last mile" and up to the doorsteps of everyone, not just the big companies who can afford to put their own in. And offer high-speed internet for ...more »

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