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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  • JOB FORCE attached: 39575011-3.xls

    I attached the data for everyone's review on how the United States compares to the rest of the world in the measure of Broadband Prices per mbit...


  1. Comment
    Unsubscribed User ( Idea Submitter )

    In addition to the points made by this commentator, whatever policy changes come into fruition need to address ubiquitous broadband access (mobile, satellite & terrestrial) in a simple, easy-to-understand set of guidelines. Pricing needs to come in line as well to encourage ubiquitous broadband adoption across income levels in this country.

    Deven Nongbri


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    Unsubscribed User ( Idea Submitter )

    Vague... What does it mean? Why did 144 people vote for? Wishes prices were lower? If yes, say it so...

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    Voted down because this does not suggest a solution. Only a desired outcome. If you had suggested a solution that promotes a lower cost, I would likely have reconsidered my vote.

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    just news

    What does it mean??? Yes, the US has the highest prices and yes we would like them lower and in line with the rest of the worlds prices. What's so hard to understand about that? A solution? Stop the US firms from colluding in setting their prices.

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    Ian Draper

    An contract should be priced according to what services are being provided and as l not aware of what they involve in the US, l find it difficult to vote up or down. Taking the contract l have with my ISP l have an excellent fibre optic broadband connection and it is costed as a per service and component structure. I myself provide contracts in the same way and price them according to my clients, consumers or followers.

    But l do agree that people should not be confused with extra charges and small print but all charges should be transparent by there application. All contracts should always be written with in the reader in mind and not with the view of the provider gaining the upper hand, in making a higher profit.

    Also hopefully one day all ISP`s will become not-for-profit organisations and any profits will be shown on their balance sheets to show how their re-investment strategy has been implemented for the receivers of their services,not the providers in the first instance.


    Ian Draper

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    Brad Bowman

    As Comcast and Time Warner need a wireless strategy going forward they are starting to resell Clearwire's (CLEAR) WiMAX services( http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=24012 ). This represents a stepping stone towards the most immediate available solution to developing and deploying a viable and sustainable national broadband plan. This also can set the precedent for any changes the new FCC will make surrounding the 700MHz band ( http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/fcc-may-auction-more-broadcast-spectrum-wireless/2009-10-28 ) [see subscript below]

    The new FCC is all about spectrum (or the lack there of) because of the growing demand for mobile broadband (internet access) and communications. As Comcast and Time Warner have abundant cash reserves they should be locking down wholesale agreements with Clearwire and coordinating with the States to provide a cohesive plan to work with all the applicants they are now trying to shut down because of concerns that these applicants are stepping on their territory. ( http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=331943 ).

    Comcast/Time Warner/Clearwire could immediately create thousands of jobs by agreeing on concurrent build out of the 2.5GHz EBS (mobile) and 3.65GHz (fixed) WiMAX bands within their (our) markets. This would provide a robust, interoperable broadband network with ubiquitous wireless accounts for all individuals, households and businesses in all rural, metro, urban and suburban markets.

    3.65GHz Fixed WiMAX - local governments, school systems, libraries, colleges/universities, smart grid, public safety, workforce, non-profits, households, businesses.

    2.5GHz EBS Mobile WiMAX - mobile overlay for fixed, individuals, households, businesses.

    The FCC/NTIA/RUS need to step up and provide incentives for this type of plan as incumbent cable and telcom's are not going to go away and need to maintain ARPUs (average rate/revenue per user) and market share while building towards a national broadband plan.

    Please use the remaining $3.2 billion to provide incentives to make this plan happen.

    Read more at http://www.digitalcommunitiesblogs.com/broadband_nation/


    In 2004 the past FCC changed the rules on the 2.5GHz Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) band which allowed Sprint & Clearwire to approach non-profits within our communities to lease this very valuable asset. These non-profits include state universities and university systems, public community and technical colleges, private universities and colleges, public elementary and secondary school districts, private schools (including Catholic school systems in a number of large metropolitan areas), public television and radio stations, hospitals and hospital associations, and private, non-profit educational entities.

    Ironically, these are the same agencies that now qualify for broadband stimulus funding but have signed away their rights to the asset they have maintained for decades. They must now wait on Clearwire (middle man) to launch within their respective communities/markets.

    Clearwire (CLEAR) now has rights to 85+ percent of this spectrum, nationwide. ( http://www.fcc.gov/transaction/sprint-clearwire.html )

    Read more at http://www.digitalcommunitiesblogs.com/broadband_nation/

  7. Comment

    Yes, I agree, Broadband prices are way to high for most of us to afford, and they keep rising weekly! I also have lousy service. I think the US should do all the fiber optic wiring and then let multiple carriers offer their services with a gov controlled cheaper base price to regulate all carriers.

    Im sick and tired of being victim to my cable company, the only one I can use for my area!! We need more choices made available, faster speeds, and stable low pricing.

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    I attached the data for everyone's review on how the United States compares to the rest of the world in the measure of Broadband Prices per mbit...

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    Jon Ellison

    we are being ripped off by communications companies, the hardware is cheap and the art of troubleshooting,installation, and set-up are cheap and easy to employ so why are we paying so much for this service! the lines were even ran through existing infrastructure to make cheaper and ready to go like broad band from cable and phone lines through gas pipes! where is the ethical and moral pricing for their own people! USA is always ripped off thats why we are so messed up everyone needs to wake up! this is a cheap service being offerred at a neck breaking price point for what most people hardly even use! Its worth about $5 and thats a shame we pay $50 doallars! what a crock!

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    We have the highest prices in telecommunications, healthcare, motor vehicles, etc. (I'd guess nearly everything). Business firms in the USA seem to operate with the assumption that consumers owe them a profit or that they should be able to charge the highest price the market will bear. Furthermore, the laws, rules, and regulations appear to - at least in part - be written by or for certain businesses (banks, insurers, particular communications firms, drug companies, etc.). All this is evidence of corrupt government officials accepting corrupt corporate funds in bribery couched in the form of contributions and in-kind efforts. Therefore, I'd propose regulations in line with this idea which regulate tariffs by tying those to inflation. It doesn't necessarily require a one-for-one correlation, but business should not expect to do everything it pleases.

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    The solution, that the original idea fails to mention, is standardization. We need the 4th Generation networks being built out now to be regulated into compatibility. We need to know that a cell phone or other wireless device, once purchased, will be usable on any US carrier's network. The providers use inconsistent technology, SIM locks and long term contracts to avoid competing on price & service. The FCC should mandate commonality & contract free service offerings that would eliminate the existing price stagnation. This feature is the reason European services are so much cheaper, the providers are actually competing.

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    The ISPs in the US have been raising prices for broadband over the last ten or more years. The funny thing about that is we all know the cost of technology goes down year after year. So, the question I would have for ISPs, why do you raise prices when your costs are going down?

    What the US government needs to figure out is what is the true cost to the ISPs on a per Mega Byte basis in delivering the broadband service.

    Why is it that the Japanese ISPs are able to provide their customers with service of Giga Bytes per second and for way less money?

    This article of nearly a year ago sums it up nicely:


    Another study done in 2008 said that there are 78.5 million broadband household connections in the US. So, maybe by now that number is closer to 80 million. I would guess the average broadband bill each month is about $40. So, just to do a little simple math, 80 million connection multiplied by $40 per month, come to $3.2 billion per month. This is what the US ISPs are taking in per month and, this does not account for the broadband service provided to businesses & government. Nor does it account for cellular data cards or other WIFI services.

    Yet, the ISPs technology cost go down year after year. When was the last time you seen the price of your broadband service go down? My ISP is Comcast. I was happy to hear DOCSIS 3.0 is coming to my area. I was very disappointed to hear the cost of the 50 Mbps plan would cost over $100 per month. Yet, Comcast will be using the same infrastructure and the change in service as I understand it is just a change in protocol which, is not that big of a cost.

    I could go on and on about this. However, the main thing is that broadband Internet service is not just a leisure service anymore. Broadband Internet service is now a standard utility. The ISPs need to stop ripping off the general public of the US in providing this standard utility. I fully support government's involvement here.

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    Curtis Neeley

    Third way? Ha How about beginning to apply the law passed June 19, 1934. On Page 8 in paragraph (51) WIRE COMMUNICATIONS was required to be regulated just like other communications.

    I have attempted to have the Supreme Court order the FCC to regulate COMMUNICATIONS BY WIRE that are being called "Internet or IP Services" simply for a disguise. The United States' "Open Internet" has been illegal due to trafficking in pornography since created. The Comcast Dilemma? A Third Way? I demanded that the FCC call the Internet WIRE COMMUNICATIONS as explicitly defined on page 8 in paragraph (51) of the Communications Act of 1934. The way has been there but ignored by horny guys hoping to protect their abilities to masturbate while surfing for PORN anywhere in the world.